Conflicts in Eygpt and Libia


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rajb123
February 24, 2011, 12:39 PM
Unfortunately, the conflicts in the middle east are escallating and we now have lots of dead citizens and $130 oil.

Does anyone know if citizens in Eygpt and Libia are permitted to own guns legally? My guess is no and I suppose that is one reason why these situations have been brewing for decades.

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CoRoMo
February 24, 2011, 01:33 PM
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Sam1911
February 24, 2011, 01:53 PM
As long as we keep the discussion focused on the simple question of ...

if citizens in Eygpt and Libia are permitted to own guns legally

... then this can be a legal question.

Getting into the social, political, religious, and other causes of civil unrest would be off topic, so we'll just have to keep focused.

Geneseo1911
February 24, 2011, 03:13 PM
I did see a news report this morning stating that rebels in one of the Libyan cities are fighting Qaddafi's troops using "hunting rifles". This may be the reason that the rebellion seems to be succeeding. As we all know, it only takes one round, well used, to capture a far better weapon. I have no idea if these hunting arms are legally possessed or not.

chevyman097
February 24, 2011, 04:03 PM
Not sure of the accuracy of this info. But this was the first hit on a google search.

http://www.gunpolicy.org/firearms/region/egypt

frankenstein406
February 24, 2011, 04:13 PM
I saw one guy with a AK on his back but I can't help much further.

USAF_Vet
February 24, 2011, 05:55 PM
There are reports of Qadaffi security forces joining the rebellion. Already, 2 pilots fled to Malta with their Mirage fighter/bombers and begged amnesty.

I'm assuming the deserters of the security forces fled with their guns, so that could explain the AK.

Silent Bob
February 24, 2011, 06:00 PM
Seems like I heard Egyptians can own handguns but not long guns.

The Libyans, being a totalitarian police state, probably no guns.

2ndAmFan
February 24, 2011, 06:19 PM
According to the link posted by chevyman097 above Libyan citizens reportedly own more guns than the Libyan armed forces and police combined. About 900,000 privately owned to about 540,000 in the hands of LE and military, but I have no idea what types of guns civilians are permitted to own. It does appear that Egyptians are allowed handguns only and must provide a good reason why they need one in order to get licensed and actually purchase one.

X-Rap
February 24, 2011, 06:28 PM
I think the Arab world has more guns in private hands than we think, Iraq, Afganistan, Pakistan are all pretty well saturated with small arms so I would think, especially using Iraq as an example of what was a buttoned down dictatorship that the rest of the middle east might be the same.

TexasRifleman
February 24, 2011, 06:32 PM
Pakistan are all pretty well saturated with small arms so I would think

There is a THR member, I can't remember his name, who has in the past posted pics from the Karachi arms markets. Many drool worthy items to be had and he made it sound like ownership wasn't a big deal for someone with enough cash.

Sorry I can't recall his name. Don't remember him posting for a while.

FNX-9
February 25, 2011, 02:02 PM
I actually have a friend who is from Egypt and he said that you are able to own small arms very easily. Luckily in that scenario which took place, it was a non-violent protest for the most part. The people of Egypt have the utmost respect for their Army and it showed, that is why they never needed weapons.

As for Lybia, i have no idea and what is happening there is disgusting (no political talk, just an observation)

Sam1911
February 25, 2011, 03:23 PM
If anyone knows the answer to this question ...

if citizens in Eygpt and Libia are permitted to own guns legally

... please send me a PM and I'll post the answer.

Foreign politics and governments are otherwise off-topic.

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