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From Business Insider:

After a change to national gun law on Tuesday, Russians can now carry certain guns in public for the purposes of “self-defense.”

The new policy allows the use of weapons to “protect their lives, health and property” but not against “women, disabled persons, and minors, unless they attacked you with a group and arms,” according to an analysis by Russian media site Arguments and Facts.

These weapons include “long-barreled weapons, pistols, revolvers, ‘home-made tubeless firearm units’ with cartridges, bullets and ammunition; gas pistols and revolvers, electric shock devices, devices equipped with tear gas, and home-made spark gaps,” according to the state-owned TASS news agency.

Additionally, those who have attained licenses are prohibited from carrying weapons during rallies, meetings, demonstrations, recreational activities, and religious ceremonies, according to Arguments and Facts. During certain events and parades, however, cossacks and participants of the events are allowed to carry swords as part of their costumes.

“Weapons include long-barreled weapons, pistols, revolvers, ‘home-made tubeless firearm units’ with cartridges, bullets and ammunition; gas pistols and revolvers, electric shock devices, devices equipped with tear gas, and home-made spark gaps”

Prior to the change, weapons were only allowed for hunting and sporting events, as well as training and shooting practice. Laws also prohibited rifles, pistols, and revolvers, according to GunPolicy.org.

Many Russians, however, don’t approve of this amendment. “Horrified. I am horrified,” one Muscovite told Business Insider.

Additionally, Russian politician and former deputy of the State Dumas, Russia’s current Commissioner for Human Rights Ella Pamfilova said, “I have a very negative attitude to this decision, I believe that it is fraught with many dangerous and tragic consequences. I don’t doubt that it will increase the number of accidents — the use of these weapons in the heat of passion.”

Currently, only 46% of Russians feel safe walking alone at night, compared to a global average of 82%, according to the Legatum Group’s annual survey of global prosperity.

 

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