National Guard to check gun owners in wake of Tver mass murder

National Guard to check gun owners in wake of Tver mass murder

The rules for acquiring firearms by citizens may be tightened in the wake of the high-profile murder of nine people in the Tver region.

The National Guard of Russia intends to conduct a large-scale inspection among gun owners going for summer vacation in the country. This measure is related to the high-profile crime committed in the Tver region last night. Let us recall that, as previously reported by the CrimeRussia, on the night of June 4, a Moscow resident shot nine people with a Saiga rifle.

"The National Guard notes that in summer, upon leaving for the summer cottage, many gun owners take their firearms with them. Often, these weapons are stored and used in violation of legal requirements, including for criminal purposes," the National Guard announced.

In addition, First Deputy Head of the Federation Council's Defense Committee Franz Klintsevich made a suggestion that the Rules on issuance of hunting weapons to citizens should be tightened and pointed out the need to amend the existing legislation.

In Franz Klintsevich's view, it is unlikely that a man suspected of mass murder was legally granted the permission to acquire weapons. "In this case, we're talking about a 12-caliber Saiga rifle, which has a terrible penetrating power. All this must be thoroughly checked," Klintsevich stressed.

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