August 14, 2019
Photos by Mark Fingar
The English word “Pistol” is said to have originated from 15th-century Czech word píšt'ala. Firearm ownership has a long tradition in the Czech Republic and, in many respects, gun laws are less restrictive than elsewhere in the European Union (EU). Interestingly, firearms are available to citizens acquiring a shall-issue license.
Gun licenses are obtained in a manner similar to procuring a driving license. A proficiency exam must be passed and the applicant is required to have a medical exam, in addition to a clean criminal history record. Unlike most EU countries, the Czech Republic permits its citizens to carry...