We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I know nothing about Italian gun laws, but it seems timely to post this photo I took of a poster for Delta Firearms Academy last week on a street in Domodossola, while wandering around waiting for the train to Locarno.
Our friends in DC should maybe give Inizio a call.
Handguns (included semi-automatic) and rifles are legal in Italy, but strictly controlled. A police authorization is needed, and there are limitations on the number of weapons and ammunitions one can hold. Also, automatic weapons are not legal for civilian use, as are some calibers used by the Italian military and police. Having said that, anyone with a clean penal record and in good mental health can get an authorization and purchase handguns and rifles. Out of a population of 56 million, 4 million households keep at least a firearm at home, and there are 800,000 hunting licenes, 178,000 permits for "sport" shooting and 40,000 authorizations for carrying a loaded handgun for self defence.
By the way, "Inizio" means "start" in Italian, the notice below the ad says that for information about the starting time of the shows you shoud call the number reported there. It seems to be unrelated with the delta firearms academy ad.