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Tue Jul 7, 2015, 05:49 PM

Norwegian territory requires gun toting.

I don't know if this belongs here or outdoor life, but I found it interesting and thought I would share it.
Svalbard, Norway
Svalbard is a remote island in the arctic circle, which is governed by the nation of Norway, although there are also many Russian coal miners on the island. Because of the ice and lack of roads, ice sleds are an important means of transportation. By law, all residents must carry a shotgun outside of the towns, and all sleds have a gun rack for this purpose.

Students in Svalbard are taught how to use a shotgun and ammunition to fend off polar bears at the beginning of every school year. Since polar bears can outrun a human in a matter of seconds, every student at the University Center undergoes weapons and arctic survival training. Its absolutely necessary, said Gunnar Sand.

While on a British Schools Exploring Society trip in the Norwegian Island of Svalbard, a 17-year-old was mauled to death by a polar bear. The bear injured four others in the 12-person party before one of the group members shot and killed it. Polar bears typically attack with little warning.

http://www.politicalforum.com/gun-control/212112-countries-where-guns-required-law.html
http://www.outdoorhub.com/news/2015/07/06/video-the-only-place-on-earth-where-guns-are-mandatory/

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Response to gejohnston (Original post)

Tue Jul 7, 2015, 06:46 PM

1. Any stats on guns deaths and gun crimes?

I'm just asking for a friend.

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Response to Nuclear Unicorn (Reply #1)

Wed Jul 8, 2015, 12:01 AM

2. Must be super high

 

Those evil guns alway go crazy and just start a shooting all by themselves

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Response to gejohnston (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2015, 02:35 PM

3. I understand Alaskan guides/bush pilots are required to carry a powerful firearm

 

on the job.

Polar bears are relentless. People in their territory say that if you see one, even from afar, and they are walking your way, you are on the menu. And you better be armed, or you will be dis-armed and dis-legged.

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