Sunday, October 21, 2018

Putin’s Russian Guard Seeks New Controls over Gun Owners

Paul Goble

            Staunton, October 20 – Operating on the nearly universal principle of not letting any crisis go to waste, the Russian Guard in the wake of the Kerch school shooting has proposed new regulations requiring gun owners to notify officials where they are keeping their guns if they take them on a trip of more than three days’ duration.

            The measure, as posted on the official site (, imposes this requirement not only on Russian citizens but on foreigners who may be bringing guns into the Russian Federation for hunting. It also proposes new rules governing the transportation of weapons on domestic Russian flights.

            The imposition of the new rules almost certainly will require a further growth in the size of the Russian Guard, and it will beyond doubt give the Russian government yet another way to bring charges against Russians who may through negligence or otherwise fail to register where they are keeping their guns while travelling.

            And it puts the Russian Guard on a collision course with gun manufacturers and distributors who have been pressing for an easing of the rules to allow Russians to own as many as ten guns each (

            That is no small thing: According to some estimates, there are as many as 25 million guns in private hands in the Russian Federation today, many of which are not registered with the authorities as required, a number that continues to grow rapidly  (

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