Ukraine To Ease Restrictions On Guns

KIEV, Ukraine -- Ukraine's Interior Affairs Ministry has announced a plan to ease restrictions on the purchase of guns that fire rubber bullets, RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service reports.

Makarych gas pistol with rubber bullet cartridges.

The draft law allows any Ukrainian citizen 18 or older, who has no criminal record, and is psychologically stable, to buy such guns.

Experts fear that such guns can be easily turned into regular guns.

The head of the License Board at the Interior Affairs Ministry's Civil Security Department, Valentin Vedmid, told RFE/RL that criminals mainly use unregistered guns, adding that of last year's 311 gun-related crimes, only 34 were committed with registered guns.

Source: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty