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.
Unnecessary witness. Death of penitentiary service lieutenant colonel Viktor Shevchenko: Suicide or murder?
Two events occurred in close succession in the Irkutsk region. On February 11, 2018, it became known that major general Anatoly Kilanov, Head of the Regional Directorate of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia, was removed from office. The main suspect in an anti-corruption inquest carried out in late 2017, Kilanov was accused of extorting ‘levies’ from his subordinates. On February 12, 2018, Viktor Shevchenko, his deputy for service support, was found hanged. The investigation is currently explaining this suicide by a family quarrel. Has the lieutenant colonel really taken his own life? Or was it a disguised murder? And if so, who could be interested in it?