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From N-TV (all translations are mine):
The Czech Republic is adding the right to keep and bear arms to its constitution. After the Chamber of Representatives approved the amendment, the Senate, the Second Chamber of the Parliament, approved it with a considerable majority. The Constitution of the EU-Member State will contain the following sentence in the future: “The right to defend one’s own life or the lives of others with a weapon is guaranteed under legal circumstances.”
Die Rheinische Post reports:
The initiative was a reaction to efforts of the EU-Commission to make the purchase of firearms more difficult. After the terrorist attacks in Paris in November of 2015, Brussels had decided to tighten laws governing weapon purchase and ownership im the EU. More than 100,000 people signed a petition against this in the Czech Republic, including the current head of the government, Andrej Babis, founder of the populist party ANO.
President Milos Zeman is expected to sign the law.
To me, the interesting thing about the passage of this law is that it is another piece of evidence for a growing east/west divide between people who had to live under the various totalitarian dictatorships that constituted the Soviet Union and left-leaning western states that are determined to make soft totalitarianism – often in environmentalist guise- the model to beat for 21st-century political hegemony.Published in