Reaction to the tragedy in Kazan: it will be more difficult for Russians to acquire weapons
It is a well-known fact that the "Kazan shooter" used weaponacquired by him completely legally. Therefore, a whole set of decisions concerns measures to toughen the receipt of weapons by Russian citizens - as a reaction to the tragedy in Kazan. The first of these is the increase in the age to become its owner. If earlier it was 18 years old, then at the moment the applicant must be 21 years old.
Also, at the initiative of the National Guard, everyone who wants to become the owner of a weapon, before receiving a license to acquire one, will have to go through a special check. This procedure will be carried out by joint forces of both the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the FSB. Upon its completion, the employees of the aforementioned departments will decide whether this or that person can own a "firearm".
In fact, this initiative is nothing new. Such a check is a normal and customary practice when admitting Russian citizens to most power structures. In this case, only the circle of persons subject to verification is expanded. As of today, the information about exactly what changes this procedure will undergo in view of the fact that the “siloviki” will have to deal with civilians is still closed.
Nevertheless, this has its own meaning, dictated, again, by recent sad events. After all, not knowing the exact meaning and order of the procedure, it will be many times more difficult for the alleged owner of the weapon to “secure himself” by distorting certain information and facts in advance, thereby misleading the competent authorities.
Passing such a test will not be difficult for a normal and law-abiding person. However, those persons who, according to experts, may pose an "increased danger" to both citizens and society, will be refused a license. The corresponding amendments to the Law "On Weapons" regulating this procedure provide for an exception only for military and civil servants.
Doing so should prevent the possibility of weapons falling into the wrong hands. This means persons who are members of organized criminal groups, terrorists and extremists. Also important is the fact that this initiative will affect not only those citizens who first decided to purchase a weapon, but also those who already own it. On the basis of the same check, previously issued permits for the possession, use or storage of weapons may be canceled.
At the moment, according to the bill adopted by the State Duma, a number of persons are a priori not eligible for a license. These include citizens with two or more convictions, car owners who have received an administrative penalty for drunk driving or who have allowed other persons under the influence of alcohol to drive their vehicles. It will also affect those drivers who have refused a medical examination.
Regarding the latter, that is, the medical examination, there were also some changes and know-how in the form of a new article of the law "On weapons", which sounds like "Medical contraindications to the possession of weapons, the procedure for their identification."
On the basis of it, persons who have not passed a medical examination in the prescribed manner are deprived of the right to acquire, store and use weapons. This type of medical examination must include such items as a psychiatric examination and a chemical-toxicological study for the presence of narcotic, psychotropic substances in the human body, as well as metabolites. Information about diseases, including those that do not allow a citizen to acquire a license for a weapon or own it, will be entered into a single register available to the National Guard.
Without a doubt, the aforementioned legislative initiatives will have ardent opponents and critics who will not fail to reproach the domestic authorities for yet another “tightening the screws”. Yes, now it will become even more difficult for Russians to acquire weapons. What can you do - for the safety of ourselves and our children, something will inevitably have to be sacrificed. True, these decisions do not cause, shall we say, delight among law-abiding citizens, including those engaged in hunting. The main argument against toughening is that it will primarily hit not the "crazy", but the respectable Russians who want to become the owners of a smoothbore. But this medal, as they say, also has two sides.
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