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NEWS RELEASE

Citizens Committee for the
Right to Keep and Bear Arms
12500 N.E. Tenth Place
Bellevue, WA 98005

CCRKBA HAILS SAUDI ARABIA ON FIREARMS, ASKS WHAT'S WRONG WITH OTHER COUNTRIES

For Immediate Release: June 25, 2004

The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) today hailed an announcement by the government in Saudi Arabia that foreigners who feel threatened by a wave of militant violence can carry guns for their personal protection. The report was carried by the Reuters news agency.

"This sensible move by the Saudi government should send a signal to other nations around the world, where citizens have been essentially disarmed and left to the mercy of a growing criminal element," said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. "For example, Great Britain, Canada and Australia have all imposed horribly restrictive gun laws on their citizens, and look what's happened. Violent crime has soared, and the public is defenseless..

"In Saudi Arabia," Gottlieb continued, "Interior Minister Prince Hayef bin Abdulaziz observed Thursday that 'a Saudi has the right to carry a weapon' and he noted that any foreign resident who fears for his or her safety could get a permit to carry a firearm, too."

Prince Hayef noted in his announcement that he meant "a personal weapon which a person can have in his own country."

"Certainly," Gottlieb noted, "Prince Hayef would be baffled at the way citizens in so-called civilized nations have been left defenseless against criminals and thugs, while in his own country, the government is now allowing even foreigners to go legally armed for their own protection. It appears that the Prince fully understands that citizens, and even non-citizens, are entitled to protect themselves against criminal attack.

"We are gratified by this gesture of the Saudi government," Gottlieb said, "toward the safety of foreigners living within their borders, including many American citizens. We think the leaders of other countries, not to mention the governors of states like Wisconsin, Illinois, Kansas and Nebraska-where concealed carry remains illegal for law-abiding Americans-could take a lesson from prince Hayef."

With more than 650,000 members and supporters nationwide, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is one of the nation's premier gun rights organizations. As a non-profit organization, the Citizens Committee is dedicated to preserving firearms freedoms through active lobbying of elected officials and facilitating grass-roots organization of gun rights activists in local communities throughout the United States. The Citizens Committee can be reached by phone at (425) 454-4911, on the internet at http://www.ccrkba.org or by email to [email protected].
 

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Way to go Saudi Arabia !!! I love hearing about other countries that allow their citzens to arm themselves, especialy if they are allowing tourists to do the same.
 

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Good for them.

However, there's not enough money in the world to send me to Saudi. If so many people have a problem with militant extremists, why would you be cheering a country that is the home of Wahhabism?
 

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I wonder if this applies to women as well....



oh....right....forgot about that one. :)
 

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I believe the "foreign residents" they are referring to are also muslim. I think non-muslims are not allowed in the country, except for contract workers, and then your mostly confined to your "compound". Just thinkin... :?
 

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They added a public gathering clause! :shock:

In reference to the eighth article, the bill specifies places and times during which the carrying of a registered firearm is prohibited; such as within the vicinity of the two holy mosques and other mosques, near military grounds and oil bases and areas that clearly state that they should not be approached. In addition, government offices, airports, schools, public gatherings, or private and public celebrations are also not to be approached whilst carrying a registered weapon. The bill approved a penalty of SR1000 (US $226) for those who fail to comply with the regulations
http://www.asharqalawsat.com/english/ne ... =1&id=8792

What, did they copy it from Georgia law? :evil:

But it is only a $226 fine. :wink:
 
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