Italian CG arms itself
All guards to carry weapons.
Italian Coast Guard arms itself to defend against ISIS
Italy’s coastguard announced Friday that it would allow its 11,000 members to carry weapons, following threats from Islamic militants in Libya, and recent confrontation with traffickers.
Up till now, the Italian coastguard has operated on a different status from the ordinary military or even that of police officers, who have the right to carry firearms. Now the coastguard will be on a similar footing.
This represents a noteworthy acceleration of events and a heightened understanding of the gravity of the situation. Just two weeks ago, the general commander of the coast guard himself, Admiral Felicio Angrisano, had said that there were no plans to arm his officers, insisting that “we have a purpose when we go into the sea: save lives, not to fight.”
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