Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Russia Is Better Than....

Who would have ever believed that Putin's Russia now provides better gun rights than the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and most of California. Russia, unlike DC and aforementioned states now allows self-defense as a valid reason to be issued a carry permit.

From Russia Today:
In an amendment to its tough gun control laws, the Russian government eases restrictions, allowing citizens to carry licensed weapons for the purposes of ‘self-defense.’

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.
 Permit holders are not allowed to carry in schools, nights clubs that serve alcohol, and mass public gatherings. Carry while under the influence of alcohol is also prohibited. Self-defense weapons allowed include handguns, shotguns, stun guns, and tear gas/OC but not swords or rifles.

I wonder what America's own would-be oligarch Michael Bloomberg thinks of this.


  1. Why does almost everyone almost always leave Hawaii off the list of states that have de facto "no issue"? It's literal here, no one in the entire state (other than 183 registered security guards who get an open carry permit) has gotten a CCW license in the past 20 years. No one. Not one. (Okay, some people claim there is some state report somewhere that says one person got on in 2006 for one year.) It's a statist paradise here. All the Hawaii members of the U.S. Congress are far left-leaning Democrats, and the state legislature is Senate: 24D, 1R , House 44D, 7R. Governor, AG, etc. all long-term career Dem Partei loyalists. If you like the nanny-state, you'll love Hawaii.

    1. I would have included Hawaii except the 9th Cir. Ct of Appeals extended their rationale in Peruta to Baker. Without their decision in Baker, I would have definitely included Hawaii in the list.

    2. Hawaii is definitely a "May Issue" state and Peruta and Baker are not likely to change the practice anytime soon. So, omitting it based only on the decision in Peruta is indeed an oversight. And to correct the post, 4 permits have been issued in Hawaii since 2000, as reported in the AG's annual report. Still not good by any measure considering we have a population of over a million people, but it isn't "none" either.

  2. Is it possible that a license to carry in Russia is valid nation-wide?

    Why, that would make some of Russia's gun laws more lax than the U.S.'s! Russia's!

  3. The western media got it wrong again. There's no such thing as a permit to carry firearms in Russia.
    The is a permitting scheme for less than lethal weapons (most look like real handguns but fire rubber bullets and have a low maximum legal muzzle energy)
    The law clarified that firearms are an allowed self-defense tool. The law as previously written was not clear on that subject. According to Russian legal experts, nothing changed, they just spelled out the current rules more clearly.

  4. Interesting... to say the least...

  5. This is really interesting but surprising for saying there is permit to carry firearms in Russia,that is not true and there is nothing like such for now.