Ticket inspectors, curiously referred to as “controllers” in Hungary, are demanding self-defense weapons such as pepper spray due to the rise in atrocities comitted during their controlling, says Metro Union leader Attila Gulyas, according to Blikk. As many as 60 attacks have occured just this year, including the one last Wednesday, when a female controller was pushed to the ground causing serious injuries. Despite this the BKK (Budapest Transport Centre) believes arming controllers would fail to solve the issue.
What both sides failed to realize however, is that it is already completely legal to carry several types of self-defense tools, even for ordinary citizens, including tear gas sprays and gas/alarm guns with a carry lincense (easily obtainable if one is law-abiding).
By Andras M. Badics published on XpatLoop.com with the permission of BudapestReport.com