ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Hiwa Hassan, 34, visited the Erbil Governorate Office twice last year to renew his firearm license. He was turned down both times, even though he says he needs a firearm because his job requires him to constantly move between cities.
Hassan says, “A lot of times, I return home at night. I always have a Kalashnikov with me, but I have never shot a round. I carry a Kalashnikov for personal safety.”
Hassan’s firearm license expired a month ago. He carries his gun without a permit now….Last week, Arsalan Bayiz, Kurdish Parliament speaker, told a delegation of human rights and women’s rights activists, “With the help of the Ministry of Interior, we are working on gun control. We will not issue new firearm permits and will not renew old ones. This is because most attacks are carried out by guns.”
Bayiz added, “For those who carry weapons without a permit or have a weapon at home without a permit, they shall be fined in a way that will teach them not to repeat that mistake.”
Iraq is a violent and developing country, and the Kurdish people have been heavily oppressed in their history. But of course disarming the lawful citizens is all in the name of safety, right?
I suspect the same people who supported the Kurdish Genocide are attempting a more politically correct method.