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Carrying guns on Shabbat in settelments

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Rabbi Jonathan Blass

10 Adar II 5763
Question
Dear Rav, Why don’t the jews who live in Kiryat Arba and Hevron carry guns on Shabbat. If their lives are in jepordy, why doesn’t the Rabbonim come out and say that it is Pikuach Nefesh and they should protect themselves.
Answer
In all Jewish communities of Judea,Samaria and Gaza and elsewhere in Israel as well, residents who have been trained to do so carry guns on Shabbat. There is no question halachically that this is permitted and advisable. According to radio reports of the murder in Kiryat Arba, the terrorists fired first at pedestrians who- carrying guns- returned their fire.
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