Compulsory gun possession

I heard on a Youtube video recently that on Svalbard / Spitzbergen, (except in its main town Longyearbyen), everybody must have a gun, because of the danger from polar bears.


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A beautiful idea.. I heard there were some small towns in the US that had something broadly similar but never really fact checked it.


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They might want to mandate what caliber to carry as well. A .22 is just gonna piss off an already agitated bear and will make it want to cause great harm to your body.
I read recently that Barentsburg (the main Russian town on Svalbard) had been invaded by 52 polar bears.

Likely the Arctic Ocean thawing for the summer had driven the polar bears onto land.

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