Gun Laws Stripped in Russia?


After the horrific shooting in Aurora last week, questions of gun control have been prominent in media around the world. Now one Russian senator has announced he wants to loosen gun control laws in his country in order to promote social order. The Senator, Alexander Torshin, claims that:

Possessing arms disciplines us and will change the atmosphere in society because people will no longer act lawlessly.

The Moscow Times reports that many critics feel he is just introducing the possibility of this new legislation as a way to attract publicity to Russia and to the region he represents in the upper house of parliament, Marii-El. Torshin co-authored the bill with a spokesman for the Right to Arms movement, Dmitry Kislov, who claims that by arming citizens, public safety will increase.

The authors also claim that the circumstances in Russia are so completely different than in the United States that the tragedy in Aurora cannot be compared with the social situation in Russia. As the Moscow Times quotes him, Kislov said this regarding the Aurora tragedy:

This was a huge tragedy, and we feel very compassionate about the victims. But we know the realities in U.S. society well and can say that this is not typical.

Torshin claims he will not begin drafting any official legislation until the fall session of parliament but opinions about gun control are unlikely to change drastically during the summer interval. The Levada Center reports that 80 percent of Russians oppose the legalization of firearms in Russia.

There are plenty of critics of Torshin and Kislov’s proposed bill. Sergei Goncharev, the head of the union of veterans of the Alpha counter-terror unit, commented on the current availability of air guns in Russia in the Russia and India Report:

Please consider the situation created by the permission to possess and carry rubber ball guns which fire rubber projectiles. Everyday disputes, including on housing estates and roads, are now often settled with the help of traumatic pistols. Imagine real handguns in their place, and a vision of unmitigated deadly violence will emerge.

Currently about 6.5 million firearms are legally owned in Russia, and they are only allowed to be used on private property for self defense or for hunting. The Interior Ministry in Russia is extremely disapproving of the proposed legislation and has told Torshin so in an official note.

The debate in Russia mirrors many of the same debates that have been brewing in the United States, although it remains surprising that the authors of the bill are willing to call on personal safety and integrity as reasons for promoting personal firearms so soon after the bloody attack in the United States.


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Christina Robertson
Tina Robertson5 years ago

@Bob W. before you shoot down Shirley S. about her comment about strict gun laws in Australia by quoting " And when those gun control laws were enacted, violent crime in Australia rose over 40%. Good job that proving gun control does not control crime.", you should check the statistics from a reliable source.
This is from the Australian Institute of Criminology’s (AIC) annual report into crime trends dated March 4, 2012 which shows the crime rates continue to fall across most major categories in Australia.
The key statistics in the AIC’s Australian Crime March 4, 2012:
Facts and Figures report are:
Break-ins have been cut by about half since 1996 (when gun control was enacted);
Car theft has dropped by about 61 per cent over the past decade;
The overall number of violent crimes decreased in 2010 except for the offence of kidnapping and abduction;
Of the five categories of violent crime, four recorded a drop in the number of victims between 2009 and 2010 – homicide, assault, sexual assault and robbery;
The most common weapon used in homicide in 2009–10 was a knife. Knives were involved in 39 per cent of all homicides;
Firearms used in 13 per cent of all homicides;
There has been a 27 per cent drop in the number of homicides between 1996 and 2010, with a drop of 11 per cent between 2009 and 2010;
The homicide rate is 1.2 per 100,000 population;
So Apologize to Shirley S, Bob because you are so very wrong......

Christina Robertson
Tina Robertson5 years ago

The difference between America having guns in every household and Switzerland having a gun in every household is that the Swiss are non violent by nature and have a degree of intelligence in storing and keeping a gun in a safe room, something that Americans do not demonstrate.

I was shocked when I visited friends in the USA to find that they had a gun in every room of their house, in closets, cupboards, TV wall units, in the garage, even in the bathrooms and least I forget the glove box of both of their cars......rampant paranoia.
Wonder what that says to their children? I would never live in the USA, just visiting there made me paranoiac, I couldn't wait to get back to Canada.
Yes we have guns here, but mostly the criminals use them on each

Dawn F.
Dawn F5 years ago

Thank you for the info

Steve Gomer
Steve Gomer5 years ago

We don't need or want to disarm American Citizens... It would be the worst possible thing we could ever do considering the Government that runs this country. They would instant become exactly like Hitler the moment we were all defenseless to oppose their Over baring rule...

Bob W.
Bob W5 years ago

@Shirley S.

"We have STRICT laws on guns here in Australia & thank God we are not having to deal with CRAZIES wanting to shoot everyone in their sight."

And when those gun control laws were enacted, violent crime in Australia rose over 40%. Good job that proving gun control does not control crime.

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Shirley S.
Shirley S5 years ago

We have STRICT laws on guns here in Australia & thank God we are not having to deal with CRAZIES wanting to shoot everyone in their sight.

Steve R.
Steve R5 years ago

Don S - judging by the green stars I've received today, quite a few people here agree with me.

Why don't you add an INTELLIGENT comment to the discussion, instead of attacking people that do not share your opinion.

Oh - I forgot - bleeding heart, confused liberals like you think that everyone is entitled to his own opinion as long as it's YOUR opinion, right?

Winn Adams
Winn A5 years ago