Eight firearms new maximum
The Ministry of Internal Affairs has sent to the Government Office a bill to amend the Weapons Act, according to which individuals holding a weapons permit and owning firearms for the purpose of protection of self and property can own a maximum of eight firearms.
17.01.2017, Piret LaksonPM
Editorial: Estonians up in arms
Estonia has above 27,000 weapons owners in possession of some 68,000 hunting, sports and self defence guns. Initial applications for permits are sharply up this year with six month figures exceeding 2012 and nearly equaling 2013 totals. The reasons vary from the EU trend towards toughening gun laws to the added sense of security.
Office workers trigger guns boom
During first half year Estonia has added about the amount of new weapons permit holders as totalled in 2015. Gun training sessions overflow and people wait in lines to take the exams. Lion's share of fresh applicants are office workers stirred by threat of refugees and threat of toughened Weapons Act.
17.08.2016, Oliver KundPM
Infamous mushroom seller attacks people in Tallinn marketplace
While in Finland as seller of mushrooms, Mart Kuus attacked a policeman. Early yesterday morning, he assaulted people in Tallinn Central Marketplace. Police found him carrying a knife and two weapons.
22.07.2016, Helen MihelsonPM
Estonia to buy mortar ammunition from Israeli company
The Estonian defense forces and the Israeli company Elbit Systems have signed a framework agreement under which Elbit Systems will supply ammunition for 120-millimeter mortars of the Estonian defense forces in the coming years.
Estonian foreign intelligence: Russia to increase military power in Baltic direction
Russia has been constantly increasing its military capacity in the direction of the Baltic countries and has also increased the capacity and complexity of exercises, it can be seen from the first annual report of the Estonian Information Board (EIB).
Alimony avoiders hereby under pressure
Starting today, courts are authorized to take driving licence from individuals failing to pay alimony or suspend hunting, weapons and fishing permits.
Estonia's Milrem signs cooperation agreement with Singaporean defense industry co
The Estonian defense company Milrem and Singapore Technologies Kinetics Ltd.(STK) concluded on Thursday at the Singapore Airshow a cooperation agreement for further development of unmanned tracked vehicle applications.
Media: US to quadruple funding for military presence in Europe, including Baltics
To deter Russia's aggression the U.S. is planning to more than quadruple the funding of its forces operating in Europe, the New York Times reported on Tuesday.
Estonian defense forces carry out first live fire exercise with Javelin anti-tank missiles
The Estonian defense forces on Friday carried out the first live fire exercise with the Javelin anti-tank guided missile system.
Five years in jail explained
While lawyer to ship guards Palanivel Muthusamy claimed they managed to refute almost all accusations against the Estonians, the verdicts reveals that only two fell away from five.
19.01.2016, Liis VelskerPM
Editorial: the Estonian arms countdown
Interior ministry is circulating a Weapons Act amendment among other things intended to limit self protection guns owned by individuals.
Multiple gun ban backfires
Gun owners are indignant. A fresh bill would limit firearms for self defence to one forcing 2,645 people to sell the rest. Shooting sportsmen would suffer. So the working group led by interior minister yesterday decided the plan is binned.
08.01.2016, Oliver KundPM
Defence League guys unwilling to hand over private guns
While interior ministry prepares a law amendment to have everyone with more than one gun for self defence to give the extra ones up, Defence League (Kaitseliit) members intend to shift such weapons into Defence Forces register.
29.12.2015, Liis VelskerPM
Ministry wants to allow one gun only for self defence
Till this day, Estonia features no limits on owning guns to protect oneself and assets. Now, interior ministry is preparing a bill prescribing one firearm only for personal safety – a pistol or revolver.
28.12.2015, Liis VelskerPM
Analyst doesn't support creating Baltic nuclear weapons free zone
According to an analyst at the International Center for Defence and Security (ICDS) think tank based in Tallinn, the suggestion of the U.S. think tank Stimson Center that a nuclear weapons free zone should be set up in the Baltic region is unrealistic and it would not help to reduce the possible wish of Russia to use nuclear weapons in the region.
US think tank suggests creating Baltic nuclear weapons free zone
According to a report published by the U.S. think tank Stimson Center on Tuesday, the danger of nuclear war in the Baltic-Nordic region is small, but it could be reduced further by setting up a nuclear weapons free zone which would be managed by neutral countries in the region.
Estonian firm presents unmanned military hybrid
Estonia is gradually developing domestic defence industry: at DSEI exhibition in London yesterday, defence technology developer AS Milrem presented first unmanned military crawler propelled by hybrid engine.
16.09.2015, Aivar PauPM
Estonia sends weapons, ammunition to Iraq's armed forces
Under a decision of the government, Estonia last week sent weapons and ammunition to the armed forces of Iraq to support the country's fight against the terrorist group Islamic State (IS).
Court to discuss school shooter's case behind closed doors in September
Tartu county court is to discuss behind closed doors on Sept. 18 the case of the student who shot and killed his teacher in the South Estonian town of Viljandi last fall.
Estonian company invents mobile underground bomb shelter
Estonian military technology company Terramil OU has invented a waterproof underground bomb shelter which can be used to build a whole town underground.
Estonia, US to kick off biggest ever air force exercise
A nearly month-long joint air force exercise of Estonia and the United States will start in the airspace of Estonia next week, which will see ground targets at the Estonian defense forces' central training ground destroyed from the air using live ammunition for he first time in the history of Estonia since the country regained its independence.
Estonian conscript injured in live-fire exercise
A conscript of the antitank company of the Estonian 1st Infantry Brigade sustained an injury during live-fire exercise in the territory of the abandoned Sirgala quarry before noon on Tuesday. The conscript's life is not in danger.
Ilves commends German, French leaders for Minsk agreements
Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves on Friday voiced appreciation of the efforts made by the leaders of Germany and France to reach an agreement at the Minsk negotiations, saying that what has been achieved is a fragile step toward restoring the order of peaceful coexistence.
Viljandi school shooter remains unrepentant
By psychiatrists’ decision yesterday, the Viljandi school shooter Vahur will stand trial in court. Meanwhile, there is no desire in the youth to offer any public explanations.
10.02.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
Defence League wants more guns in homes
Headquarters of the Defence League is trying to reverse the trend of members opting not to keep firearms at home. To accomplish that, they have purchased loads of weapons safes and set it as aim to have lion’s share of those with weapons permits keeping guns and ammunition handy where they dwell.
04.02.2015, Oliver Kund