Expanding Ammo in the Czech Republic and other EU Nations
Generally speaking, EU countries possess restrictive gun laws in comparison with US and even Canadian legislation. The Czech Republic however bucks the trend almost completely; under Czech law, citizens and residents from EU or NATO nations are free to apply for any firearms licenses (concealed carry, even). And yet somehow, usage of hollow-point ammunition is widely forbidden even in CZ:
According to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), state practice establishes as a norm of customary international humanitarian law (IHL) applicable in both international and non-international armed conflicts that the use of bullets which expand or flatten easily in the human body is prohibited.
All of the information that authorities seem to have on the subject and all of the testing I've seen demonstrated suggests that this is a decidedly backwards idea; hollow-points allow: handguns to end threats quicker, wounded a better chance at recovery, reduced overpenetration, reduced ricocheting, and some frangibles might even not punch through walls. On this I'm sure there's no controversy, but at least as far as Czechs are concerned, the only options are FMJ and soft nosed rounds (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_pol...n_restrictions).
What would you carry under the circumstances? Custom flat heads that deform easier? Shot shells? Does anyone think this could change?