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Rada approves bill on civilian firearm permit in first reading

Circulation of civilian firearms in Ukraine. The Verkhovna Rada approved bill No. 5708 in the first reading. Photo: Pixabay

Circulation of civilian firearms in Ukraine. The Verkhovna Rada approved bill No. 5708 in the first reading. Photo: Pixabay

The Verkhovna Rada during a meeting on February 23 voted on a bill on the right to self-defense and possession of civilian firearms in the first reading. "For" voted 274 MPs out of 347 registered in the hall voted "for."

"The law consists of 7 sections and specifies the aspects and grounds of self-defense, regulates all areas of civil circulation and use of weapons and ammunition in Ukraine, from the acquisition of the right to civilian firearms, its purchasing, use, and economic activity in this area to international cooperation in this area," the explanatory note to the draft law No. 5708 reads.

In addition, the document will introduce a clear classification of weapons in civilian circulation (in particular, it will determine what types of weapons will be prohibited) and increases the responsibility of a person for their illegal use.

Context. At present, the only normative act that somehow determines the procedure for the circulation of weapons in Ukraine is the instruction of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of October 7, 1998 No. 637/3077, which is not a law.

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