In Italy, the Minister of Defense, Antonio Martino, recently announced his support for private gun ownership. "Gun control disarms law-abiding citizens, not criminals," he said. Martino, who was a professor before becoming defense minister, observed that gun laws only affect the law-abiding, not criminals: The Italian system is similar to what Sarah Brady has announced as her preferred American policy: "needs-based" licensing. A citizen must apply for a permit from the local prefect (for handguns) or to the chief of police (for long guns), and the official then decides whether he thinks the applicant "needs" the gun.
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