Bans on weapons possession must reflect owner's guilt
ST. PETERSBURG, June 7 - RAPSI. Mikhail Barshchevsky, the government's plenipotentiary representative in the Constitutional Court has said on Thursday that bans on the right to buy sporting guns should take into account the gravity of any weapons-related offenses committed by potential owners.
The court examined a provision of the law on weapons on Thursday.
The law grants the right to purchase sporting guns to individuals who have not committed any violations related to hunting, weapons production, arms trade, or weapons collection, use and transportation.
However, the law does not envisage a statute of limitations for such violations.
Barshchevsky said the provision is constitutional. However, he noted that the court has the right to amend the law, adding that the severity of the bans should depend on the gravity of the violations committed.