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“Izhmash benefits from American gun laws that are looser than in its home market. In Russia, consumers can buy a long-barreled firearm only with a police permit, which requires a clean criminal sheet, a diploma from a gun safety course and a medical certificate of sanity. In the United States, laws vary by state, but buyers often need to clear only an F.B.I. criminal background check. However, gun control in Russia is less strict than in some other former Soviet countries. Estonia, for example, proscribes carrying a weapon while drunk. ‘If they did that here, well, nobody would hunt,’ said Igor V. Anisimov, the Izhmash director of foreign sales.” – Andrew E. Kramer

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  1. It’s already illegal to hunt while intoxicated in most states, jackass. Research, THEN talk.

  2. It’s legal to have your EDC gun along with you while drunk in Pennsylvania.

    Don’t know about HWI but I’d guess that’s verboten.

  3. And which country did NOT play host to the center of militant International Communism, which has killed over 100 Million people in it’s quest for world domination?


    • Hm, I think I should take that as a challenge and look at all the deaths caused by American wars of aggression over the last century and see how they stack up to the USSR.

  4. Well, gee, a writer for the New York Times feels that Russian gun laws are better than ours. Perhaps he would also like to experience how Russia treats its journalists? I’m all for giving idiots a dose of reality.

  5. yes, those girls just got 2 years in prison for singing a song about putin. these soft whining libs wishing for things to be like russia wouldn’t last a week with the realities of the system there.

    • I’d venture to say most leftists want things here to be exactly like Russia, except in their favor. They have wet dreams about people being jailed for speaking against Obama.

    • Actually though would do quite well – they support the tyranny of the state, thus they have nothing to fear from the state.

      • Except for the fact that a tyrannical state would still fear them. And we all know how dangerous scared/wounded dogs can be.

  6. Russian gun laws are a wet dream of hoplophobes everywhere. Buying a long gun is actually even more complicated than that. For one, you need a “legitimate reason”, which is either sports or hunting – so effectively you also need a hunting license and a membership in some hunting club. Furthermore, initially you cannot buy a rifle at all, only a shotgun. Only after 5 years of owning a shotgun, you are allowed to buy a rifle, provided that there were no infractions of firearm related laws in that time period. There are no exceptions for .22 rifles, either, so in Russia your first gun will be a shotgun, period. Also, there’s a maximum of 5 firearms that the person can own at any single point.

    On top of that are a bunch of restrictions on guns themselves, largely mirroring those in CA and similar places – mag sizes, barrel length, no folding stocks etc. Additionally “military-only ammunition” is banned, which until last month included all 5.45×39 rounds.

    Handguns, you can pretty much forget about as a civilian, even when stored at home. Needless to say, carry outside of hunting or a range is prohibited as well.

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