AvalonKnight wrote:Still have to find out if I first have to get a hunting license in order to be allowed to bear arms here. Maybe some of you have an idea. I dont think my sniper qualifications from the swiss army would help ey?
Bear arms, huh? Yeah, there's one good way to bear arms in The Netherlands; not living here and not being here. That pretty much increases your legal options of bearing arms by 250%.
No matter what you do in this country; if you use a firearm for personal protection, you'll be prosecuted. (Unless, of course, you're in the army or police, but even then, you may only use it for self defense while on the job and when threatened with your life.)
And yes, the weapon laws suck yet we still have plenty of gun violence. And all the governments we've had over the years (and we will undoubtedly have in the future) think that, because of our strict weapon laws, it's still soooooo much lower than what it would've been hadn't they been so strict. Politicians so easily forget history, I'm afraid.
Lastly; being a specialized sniper still won't help you in any of the legal ways of obtaining a firearm. Strangely enough, our weapon laws aren't so much focused on training and education, as they are on strict background checks. Also keep in mind that if you obtain a hunting or sports license for firearms, the police will be allowed to search your premises twice a year without needing permission from the judge. You will
hand in some of your rights when in the possession of firearms.
Your best bet probably is to get an air-rifle, hunting bow or crossbow. For some reason, those are perfectly legal to have on your property. Just make sure you have one hell of an excuse when used in self defense, or you will
be arrested for excessive use of force during self defense.