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What You Need to Know About Gun Laws and Ownership in Italy
Tough regulations for ownership
23 March 2018
…Even when it comes to legally-owned guns, it's hard to find data on how many guns have been sold or are owned in Italy: the last time national statistics agency Istat published figures on the subject was 2007. However, the number of licences handed out each year is growing. According to the Armi e tiro magazine, in 2016 over 1.26 million gun licences were issued in Italy, including just 18,362 for personal defence. And Interior Ministry data shows that applications for sports licences have risen by more than 40 percent in four years.
But despite strict regulations on gun-owners, several investigations by Italian media, including by Rai, Panorama and La Stampa, have found incidences of people applying for a hunting licence when in reality they want the weapon for self-defence.