Firearms possession rises in Czech Republic in 2016

27-01-2018

The number of Czechs with permits to have firearms increased last year to 303,000, according to the police.

That figure is around 2,700 more than in 2016 and 11,000 more than two years ago.

Police say the rising trend of gun ownership has been caused by fears over migration, terrorist attacks, and fear of personal assault.

The number of guns, rifles and other firearms kept at home by Czechs rose to around 850,000, around 100,000 more than five years ago.