Hike in crime rate in Kyiv region makes regional council intervene in ”right to carry arms” issue

On December 23, 2016, at the initiative of the deputy of Kyiv Regional Council Ivan Stupak, an appeal to the President of Ukraine, the Verkhovna Rada and the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine was adopted at an extraordinary meeting, demanding urgent consideration and adoption of Law of Ukraine ”On civil arms and ammunition,” which has not been considered by the Rada of Ukraine for more than two years.

According to Ivan Stupak, a spike in a crime rate in Kyiv region forced the regional council intervene in the issue of a legal possession of weapons in order to allow ordinary people to be able to protect themselves, their families and their property from any illegal encroachments.

According to official statistics, about 33,000 crimes were recorded in Kyiv region in 2015, and for nine months of 2016, their number has increased to 38,000, continuing to grow.

Of this number, nearly 5,000 are crimes against life, health, and property of citizens.

At the same time, according to unofficial statistics, the market of illegal firearms in Ukraine accounts for nearly 3 million guns.

”The adoption of this law will quickly open a civilized market of arms trade for all citizens of Ukraine, defeat the black arms market, open the Ukrainian market for leading foreign arms manufacturers, which will contribute to economic growth and let the citizens protect themselves and their property from criminal attacks,” Stupak said.

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