MOSCOW, October 12 (RAPSI) — The Russian National Guard (Rosguard) has developed a bill empowering the police and the Federal Security Service (FSB) to issue opinions to the effect that certain applicants are not to be permitted to own firearms. 

The document is published on the Federal Portal for Draft Legislation.

The bill proposes that firearms purchase licenses are not to be issued to Russian nationals, in respect of whom, basing on the results of probes carried out by law enforcement bodies and (or) the Federal Security Service in accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation, a conclusion has been made that it is impossible for them to own weapons due to the increased risk of violation of rights and freedoms of citizens and emergence of a threat to public safety, the explanatory note to the bill reads.

The imposed restrictions are aimed at preventing the possession of weapons by Russian nationals involved in organized criminal groups including those of an extremist or terrorist orientation, as well as preventing Russian nationals, who intend to use firearms for illegal (criminal) purposes, from accessing thereof, the authors of the initiative note.

The respective changes are proposed to be introduced in the federal law on weapons and certain legislative acts of the Russian Federation.