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According to a new regulation, people carrying guns will not be allowed as a security measure to enter entertainment venues such as bars, cafés, night clubs and places where wedding ceremonies are held, Interior Minister Muammer Güler announced on Wednesday.
Under the regulation, Güler told reporters, people who want to buy guns will receive training on how to use them safely.
Moreover, those carrying weapons will be denied entrance to entertainment venues such as bars, cafés, nightclubs and wedding venues as this can pose a threat to people's safety, especially if there is celebratory gunfire or if someone is using a gun while intoxicated.
For many years, critics have been urging the government to take action to curb handgun ownership, saying the country has one of the world's highest death tolls from stray bullets at festivities, including weddings, circumcisions and sporting events.
According to data from Umut Vakfı (Hope Foundation), which regularly reports on international efforts against handguns and campaigns for the drastic limitation of firearms in Turkey, at least 400 people, including 152 children, were shot dead in the country in 2012, with 25 of those being killed by celebratory gunfire.
The legal age to obtain a licensed firearm in Turkey is 21. If an individual is caught with an unlicensed gun, the gun is seized.
Being in possession of an unlicensed gun carries a prison sentence of one year, but is usually commuted to a fine of around TL 5,000.Last Mod: 10 Mayıs 2013, 10:25