A prominent Jewish organization in Europe is petitioning the European Union to allow members of the Jewish community to carry guns “for the essential protection of their communities,” according to the Washington Free Beacon.

The European Jewish Association is pressing for new legislation that would change the gun license laws after a series of deadly attacks on Jews across Europe, most recently during the Paris terrorist hostage siege which killed four Jews in a kosher market.

Rabbi Menachem Margolin, the group’s general director, said in a letter to EU leaders that the recent attacks “have revealed the urgent need to stop talking and start acting.”

He said the EU should empower and train Jews to handle firearms as a means of protecting themselves.

“We hereby ask that gun licensing laws are reviewed with immediate effect to allow designated people in the Jewish communities and institutions to own weapons for the essential protection of their communities, as well as receiving the necessary training to protect their members from potential terror attacks,” Margolin wrote.

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