by James C. Sherlock
The gun control debate survives invasion.
Ukraine. A user survey survey last week in Ukrainian government e-portal Diia (1,726,452 participants in a pre-war population of 40 million) showed most Ukrainians express a desire to freely own weapons for personal use.
- 59% are in favor of the free carrying of weapons;
- 22% – categorically against;
- 19% – believe that it is possible to have a weapon, but not carry it with you.
Ukraine is the only country in Europe where firearms are not regulated by statute. I suspect that the Russian Army finds that regrettable. Everything related to firearms is regulated by Order №622 of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Citizens are permitted to own non-fully-automatic rifles and shotguns as long as they are stored properly when not in use.
Launched in 2020, the Diia app allows Ukrainian citizens to use digital documents in their smartphones instead of physical ones for identification and sharing purposes. The Diia portal allows access to over 50 governmental services. Eventually, the government plans to make all kinds of state-person interactions available through Diia.
Russia. That led me to an article Owning, Using, and Carrying Guns in Russia. I offer it for reference.
I published these results for no other reason than I think Virginia readers will find gun regulations in Ukraine and Russia interesting.