The proposed amendment aims to counter the disarmament tendencies in the European Union
After a heated debate, the Czech government supported the Senate proposal to amend the Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms, enacting the right to defend oneself and others with weapons under specific circumstances.
However, the approval of the proposal was unexpected, as, based on the pre-approved materials, the government was supposed to have a neutral opinion on the matter.
Minister of Defense Lubomír Metnar said that several ministers, including himself, changed their initially negative or neutral opinion during the discussion of the proposal, partly due to the development of the security situation in the Czech Republic.
In the proposal, the Senate suggests amending the Charter with the stipulation that people should have “the right to defend one’s own life or the life of another person with a weapon under the conditions stipulated by law.”