Knesset passes bill allowing police to search for illegal weapons without a warrant

A machine gun and other illegal weapons sezied in police raids for arms in the Arab community, November 9, 2021. (Israel Police)
A machine gun and other illegal weapons sezied in police raids for arms in the Arab community, November 9, 2021. (Israel Police)

The Knesset passes in its final vote, 20-6, legislation that will expand police powers in an effort to crack down on illegal weapons.

The legislation enables police to conduct a search for illegal weapons without needing a search warrant.

It also raises the severity of punishments for those caught with illegal weapons, allowing fines as well as up to 10 years’ imprisonment.

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