Ukrainians want regulation of right to bear arms, feel responsible enough for this

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KYIV. Feb 5 (Interfax-Ukraine) – The majority of Ukrainians consider themselves responsible enough to grant them the right to carry short-barreled weapons, according to the data of the first national survey on the request of citizens for the right of armed self-defense.

Presenting the results of the survey at a press conference at Interfax-Ukraine on Friday, the organizer of the survey, Managing Partner at PGR Consulting Group Ruslan Rokhov said Ukraine has not adopted a law on weapons yet, and people who wanted to protect themselves, they cannot acquire weapons, since this issue is not legally regulated.

“In Ukraine, the crime rate is assessed [by the respondents] as very high […] when asked if you feel safe going home in the dark, some 62% answered that ‘rather yes,’ some 36% answered, that ‘rather not’ […] in small towns and villages people feel safe, in big cities people feel not safe,” Deputy Director of the Info Sapiens research company Inna Volosevych said.

According to the poll, some 62% of Ukrainians believe that the police should be responsible for the safety of citizens, and 34% of respondents said that people are responsible for their own safety.

“What can contribute to an increase in the level of security? Some 38% of Ukrainians believe that this is a police reform, while 21% believe that this is the granting of citizens the right to legally acquire and carry short-barreled weapons for self-defense,” Volosevych said.

According to the poll results, some 40% of Ukrainians believe that when a threat to life and health arises, it is necessary to defend oneself as much as possible, while 33% believe that it is necessary to hide or run away by calling the police.

“We asked Ukrainians if you would like to legally acquire and own short-barreled firearms for self-defense, or if you entrust the protection of your life and property to the police. Opinions were divided here: 49% more likely rely on the police, and 44% would like to purchase short-barreled weapons for self-defense,” the deputy head of the research company said.

According to the survey, some 54% of Ukrainians do not know that there is no law on weapons in Ukraine, while 46% of respondents are aware of the absence of legislative regulation of the possession of weapons.

At the same time, some 61% of the respondents believe that the Verkhovna Rada should adopt a law on weapons, some 36% do not agree with this. At the same time, answering a question whether you consider yourself responsible enough to own a short-barreled weapon for self-defense after training and exams, some 65% of the respondents answered in the affirmative, and 33% do not think so.

“We certainly need the law on weapons. Now we need to understand which of the two bills that are in the Verkhovna Rada should be taken and reach the final stage,” Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Ukrainian Gun Owners Association Georgy Uchaykin said.

He said initially the association had prepared one bill, and later it was negatively corrected.

According to Uchaykin, in the Verkhovna Rada profile committee there is “lobbying for corruption interests that exist in the weapons circulation system.”

“We do not need to pass a bad bill after 30 years of waiting,” he said.

MP of Ukraine Andriy Sharaskin, in turn, said that the consideration of the law on weapons by the parliament is postponed, and “manipulation is spreading about legalization, about the unpreparedness of society.”

The national sociological survey was carried out by Info Sapiens from February 1 to February 3 by telephone interview, the sample size was 2,012 respondents, the theoretical margin of error is 2.2%.

© 2021 Interfax Ukraine

20 comments

  • Ukrainians need to be armed more than any other people.

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    • Hey Mike, look what you did to Russia yesterday when you posted about the Russian occupiers using children in the Donbas yesterday. Usually Russians are practically non-existent on this site but 176 read your article.

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    • I’m not sure about that. If you mean to protect themselves from putinazi invader scum, that’s surely the job of the army?
      It’s a relatively low crime country compared to European countries of similar size like Britain, France etc and does not suffer from an influx of people from countries that produce high levels of criminals as those two do.
      Therefore they would need a handgun for what? Most city dwellers have fortified doors.
      I don’t have a specific opinion on this because I don’t know enough. But on my observations, it’s relatively safe. I would not be comfortable walking around certain areas of London, Birmingham, Sheffield or Manchester late at night, due to the possible presence of violent drunks, violent immigrants both legal and illegal from primitive cultures, or organised street thugs. I don’t think these are present in any statistically significant numbers in Kyiv or Kharkiv?

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      • англійський масон

        I agree with you, scradge.

        The thing about allowing arms for self-defence is that its the first step on the slippery slope to trigger-happy america.

        There needs to be detailed research on the instances where self-defence is actually necessary.

        That is my stance as someone who has owned and used guns for over 45 years.

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      • I disagree. A break downe of a government can cause total anarchy, see BLM e.g., so having some guns at home is never wrong, as long as locked away from the kids.

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        • As I said, I don’t have a specific opinion on it as far as Ukraine goes, because I don’t know enough. It’s up to them what they decide to do. I definitely would not advocate it for Britain though and Britain is a significantly more violent country than Ukraine. (I exclude from that of course the vermin occupied areas of Ukraine).
          I don’t think Ukraine is in danger from a situation of anarchy with marauders roaming the streets. If it was, then yes, citizens should definitely be armed. But the danger comes from one place only : the rabid cur in the east.

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          • Corona may bring downe the world. Vaccines not working, more lethal mutations, inflation, crashing stocks, looting… I say ‘get armed!’, even you Scradje.

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            • You forgot, I’m from a military family! …..
              But chicom bat pox will be defeated.
              The problem remains from Putinazis, Chicoms and izlamonazis. In that order.

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          • I feel a hell of a lot safer walking in Ukraine at night, than I would walking in parts of the UK. I can’t recall any rapes in Ukraine, there are murders of course, but most are committed by the mafia gangs killing each other. I don’t believe guns are necessary in Ukraine.

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            • Did any of you read the article? Ukrainians already have guns, anything from rifles to small caliber. The question was if it should be regulated by the law, since no gun law exists at all in Ukraine.

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              • I very much doubt regulating guns will have any effect in Ukraine. Bad guys are not going to abide by laws anyway, if the government passed a law banning guns, none of the mafia will give them up.

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  • I think that it would be a good thing for law-abiding citizens to own and bear arms in accordance with a sensible weapons law. A country’s people are not automatically criminally inclined thugs and they are not immature children. A government and its leaders have all sorts of protection available, from hi-tech sensors, alarm systems, armored cars, high strong walls and fences, video cameras at every corner to armed guards and with a guaranteed fast response by the police force and special response teams and what have you. No doubt, the wealthy also have all manner of ways to protect themselves and this includes owning weapons.
    The average citizen does not enjoy such privileges. A given crime level in a country is beyond the point, in this matter.

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  • “If you mean to protect themselves from putinazi invader scum, that’s surely the job of the army?”
    What happens if you can not trust the Army.
    In 2014 the army could not get out of the motor pool and 30% or more soldiers deserted. And then there were the defections in Crimea. A hundred farmers with shotguns could have had Streklov hanging from a lamp post in a couple of days.
    The volunteer battalions were decisive in stopping the Russian scum. Average Ukrainian patriots who answered the call for their country when the “professionals” were calling the Russians “Their brothers” and and were to afraid to fight. Were it not for the Azov Battalion Mariupol might still be in Russian hands.
    The 2nd amendment states. “A WELL REGULATED MALITIA being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
    Perhaps unlimited gun ownership as we have in the States not for every body but when faced with the corruption in their leadership and ruthlessness of their easterly neighbor the Ukraine people need SOME from of civil society self defense.

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  • Летающий Киви

    There is no need for Joe Average to carry a gun, to do so will reduce Ukraine to the level of the USA. A backwards step to the wild west.

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