In Russia, in 2022, the age allowing to own a weapon will be raised to 21 years. Relevant amendments to law No. 150-FZ “On Weapons” will enter into force on June 29.
So, now the minimum age will be raised from 18 to 21 years. As soon as the changes come into force, people who do not fall under this age category will not be able to buy civilian firearms of limited destruction, hunting and smooth-bore long-barreled self-defense firearms.
An exception will be persons who have completed and are undergoing military service, representatives of indigenous peoples leading a traditional way of life or engaged in hunting-related activities. The same paragraph applies to employees of legal entities with special statutory tasks. Sporting weapons are also available to citizens over the age of 18.
In addition, according to the law, additional grounds will be introduced for refusing to issue licenses for the purchase of weapons. They cannot be obtained by Russians with two or more cleared or canceled convictions for a grave or especially grave crime, an intentional crime of average gravity that was committed with the use of weapons, ammunition or explosives, as well as to persons with a conviction for illegal arms trafficking and a number of other categories. citizens.
On June 28, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a corresponding law raising the age of acquisition of hunting and smooth-bore long-barreled firearms for self-defense from 18 to 21 years. The document also introduces additional grounds for refusing to issue licenses for the acquisition of weapons.
New measures to tighten the requirements for the purchase and circulation of weapons began to be developed after the tragedy in the Kazan school. On May 11, 19-year-old Ilnaz Galyaviev opened fire in the building of gymnasium No. 175. As a result of the shooting, nine people were killed, seven of them were children, 36 people were injured, including 30 minors.
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