Despite having some of the strictest gun laws in the world, Russia has seen an extremely high level of crime and gun related deaths. Simply put, guns are only in the hands of criminals, being stripped from the law abiding.
But it looks like that might be changing, due to a new piece of legislation which would allow Russian citizens to defend themselves against these criminals who are armed to the teeth.
According to Sputniknews.com,
Russia has updated its legislation to allow civilians to carry firearms for self-defense, according to an amended decree on lethal weapons that appeared Tuesday on the official database of Russian laws and legal documents.
The previous edition only allowed using licensed firearms on special occasions, such as hunting, sports events and shooting training courses. The new amendment says that firearms can also be carried “for self-defense purposes.”
Until now, Russian laws permitted the civil population to carry two types of weapons: lethal ones such as shotguns and rifles for hunting and shooting sports, and so-called non-lethal trauma guns firing rubber bullets for personal protection only.
The US has more guns than Russia (10 times more per every 100 people), but Russia has a MUCH higher murder rate, stamping out the anti-gunners common misconception that more guns only lead to more murders. It’s more about who has those guns than the shear number of them. And in Russia it’s been only the law abiding that did not have access to those guns outside of sporting and hunting events.