MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The mass shooting in Las Vegas demonstrates that the freedom to carry arms, especially automatic guns, can lead to a great tragedy, which is another reason to never legalize carrying weapons in Russia, Frants Klintsevich, the first deputy chairman of the Russian upper house’s Committee on Defense and Security, told Sputnik on Wednesday.
On Monday, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock opened fire on a crowd of 22,000 people at a country music festival in Las Vegas, killing 59 and injuring 527. Paddock was shooting from a corner room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel. Las Vegas police said they recovered as many as 23 firearms at the hotel and 19 more at Paddock’s home. Paddock reportedly used special devices to allow him to turn semi-automatic weapons into fully automatic rapid-fire ones.
“That is exactly what must not be done under any circumstances, such kind of weapons can bring very serious, great damage,”
Klintsevich said, recalling that the issue of legalizing shotguns has been repeatedly raised in Russia.
The lawmaker expressed certainty that carrying shotguns in Russia will not be legalized in the near future, adding that “such things cannot be lobbied.”
Klintsevich stressed that it was especially automatic weapons that led to the massacre in Las Vegas.
“You cannot hit so many targets with ordinary weapons. But in our country, owning automatic guns is strictly forbidden, and you cannot create these from hunting weapons,”
Klintsevich explained, adding that Russia does not need to tighten the laws in this area.
However, Anatoly Vyborny, the deputy chairman of the State Duma security and anti-corruption committee, told Sputnik that given the serious consequences of carrying arms, it would be appropriate for Russia to tighten the legislation regarding all the people who own weapons. The lawmaker also proposed to create a single database with complete information on all those that have firearms, including the data from drug control and psycho-neurological centers, as well as from the judiciary.
Despite the fact that the Islamic State (IS) terror group, outlawed in Russia, claimed responsibility for the attack, the FBI says there was no connection between the attacker and the terrorists. The real motives of Paddock have yet to be determined.
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