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Old April 18, 2002, 03:27 AM   #1
The Walrus
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Join Date: July 23, 2001
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What exactly are the Saudi Arabian firearms laws?

We've all seen the photos of guys in burnooses, kneeling to pray, with their AKs and other semiautomatic weapons laid out in front of them. Particularly, there's a National Geographic article from the 1980s with a large group of Saudis and their MP-5s in a mosque.

The question is, religious and other social issues aside (ie: Israel vs. Palestenians, etc), what are the Saudi Arabian gun laws like?

Are male citizens of majority age allowed to own and operate fully automatic weaponry? Is there a licensing process? I'll assume, since women aren't even allowed to drive over there, that they aren't included in whatever gun "rights" the Saudi government chooses to give its citizens.


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