Until now Russian gun enthusiasts were only permitted to carry firearms for hunting or target shooting after obtaining a license through the Interior Ministry. Russian gun licenses are to be renewed every five years, and applicants face strict background checks and are required to take gun safety courses.The addendum to the law now lists self-defense as a legally acceptable reason for carrying a weapon.
How sad is it, having grown up in the middle of the “Cold War,” that now, there are times the Russian government seems wiser and more concerned to the freedom of its people than the US? Don’t get me wrong…I’d still rather live here than any place on Earth (excluding my own sovereign island perhaps). But Putin and the current Russian government often seem to be a head of the curve relative to our President and Congress these days and that’s a shame.