Published on 11-21-2014 06:52 AM
By AWR Hawkins
With a murder rate many times higher than the US, Russian legislators approved the carry of guns for self-defense.
The new law was announced on November 18.
The International Business Times reports that prior to this change “Russians were only allowed to own firearms for hunting or target practice.” Because of this, there are only “13 million” privately owned firearms in Russia compared to approximately 310 million the US. On the other hand, “there were 21,603 murders in Russia” in 2009 compared with just over 13,600 in the US, “which has a population almost twice as large [as Russia].”