Proof that even with strict gun control, guns are still available, but at what price?


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george29
October 18, 2007, 11:57 AM
HEBRON, West Bank (Reuters) - Two years ago, an M16 automatic rifle could fetch $5,400 or more in the Palestinian West Bank. Now buyers at Hebron’s clandestine gun market are asked to pay more than double.

Four months after Islamist Hamas routed secular Fatah in the Gaza Strip, fears that clashes between the Palestinian rivals could erupt in the West Bank and uncertainty ahead of a U.S.-led peace conference are fuelling a scramble for guns.

Dealers at the gun market in Hebron, the West Bank’s most populous city, say weapons sales have jumped by up to 70 percent since Hamas took control of Gaza, while buoyant demand and supply bottlenecks due to tighter security have inflated prices.

In the northern West Bank city of Jenin, every bullet for an AK-47 rifle costs 35 Israeli shekels, or more than $8. In Hamas-controlled Gaza, an AK-47 bullet goes for 4-6 Israeli shekels, $1-1.50.

Militants from both Hamas and Fatah, and the powerful family clans who are often called in to deal with West Bank crime or land disputes, are driving the market, according to gun dealers and senior Palestinian security sources.

But ordinary West Bankers, too, are taking no risks. “I don’t feel safe anymore,” said 28-year-old Abo Abdo, who sold his car this month to buy a rifle to protect his wife and two children. “Everyone is buying guns.”

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obxned
October 18, 2007, 12:23 PM
So I guess if guns are outlawed here, only the crack dealers will have guns.

armoredman
October 18, 2007, 12:27 PM
Stock up on ammo, that stuff will be gold! Or, shekels, if you prefer...

MachIVshooter
October 18, 2007, 12:42 PM
who sold his car this month to buy a rifle

Hey, sometimes the values are that close. I just traded a Romanian WASR for this: (don't worry, I already replaced the grille)

http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n117/Hunter2506/Aspen.jpg

george29
October 18, 2007, 12:54 PM
Is that a Torino?

Chipperman
October 18, 2007, 01:22 PM
That grille is hilarious.

In the northern West Bank city of Jenin, every bullet for an AK-47 rifle costs 35 Israeli shekels, or more than $8.

Hey, maybe they'll stop firing rounds off in the air now.

ilbob
October 18, 2007, 01:32 PM
In the northern West Bank city of Jenin, every bullet for an AK-47 rifle costs 35 Israeli shekels, or more than $8. In Hamas-controlled Gaza, an AK-47 bullet goes for 4-6 Israeli shekels, $1-1.50.

Seems like there is an opportunity here. AK ammo in the US can be had for 25 cents a round. :)

george29
October 18, 2007, 02:09 PM
AK ammo in the US can be had for 25 cents a round

Not if Hillary OBama get in.

CTPistol
October 18, 2007, 02:19 PM
uh...$5000 for an automatic M16?

how much are they here? 10K? 15K?

:confused:

Omaney
October 18, 2007, 02:25 PM
Is that a Torino?

Volare or Aspen by the looks of it. Been a long time since I've seen one though, I could be wrong...again:neener:

MachIVshooter
October 18, 2007, 10:02 PM
'78 Aspen T-top coupe. 318/904 with the cute little 7-1/4" rear end. It's actually in pretty good shape, just the little stuff. Built a new grille with expanded steel. Did a full tune-up, put in a new Turn signal switch, replaced shredded weatherstrip, installed new seat covers and replaced all bad fuses/light bulbs. The left T-top, "Aspen" emblems, instrument cluster and AC/heater control are on the way. Today I picked up a driver window regulator, both sun visors, instrument panel cover, the original "chronometer" clock, an Edelbrock 600 CFM carb and single pick-up vacuum distributor+ECU (to replace the ELB garbage it has now). Next week it gets new 225/70-14 Firestone Firehawks. I've got another set of #593 heads getting milled .030" and ported, and when they get back they're going on with the ported 4 bbl. cast iron intake and a 360 H/D truck cam (and, of course, a new water pump). All said and done, I'll have a nice driver for $1,700

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