Ukrainian lawmaker seeks U.S. gun community’s help in arming Ukrainian civilians

Ukrainian lawmaker seeks U.S. gun community’s help in arming Ukrainian civilians

A machine gun emerges from under a Ukrainian national flag on a front line position near Kharkiv, Ukraine, Saturday, March 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky) more > Maryan Zablotskyy, a member of the Ukrainian Parliament, is reaching out to the Second Amendment advocates in the U.S. to figure out how to convince his government to loosen Ukraine’s stringent gun laws. Months before the Russian invasion, Mr. Zablotskyy took on his country’s civilian gun-control system that was inherited from the former Soviet Union when he introduced a bill to allow private ownership of firearms. “I tried to convince parliament. I was the sponsor of the bill that allowed the ownership of private firearms within Ukraine. Unfortunately, that bill has failed. And, largely, of course, due to the Russian lobby,” he told The Washington Times. “Now we, of course, understand why. I think that now there’s overwhelming support for the right of Ukrainians to bear arms.” Mr. Zablotskyy was in Washington on Wednesday talking to gun-rights advocates, political activists and other Capitol Hill insiders. “I want to work more closely with the American government and gun owners so that maybe some of them can share their weapons to Ukrainians, at least to the regions that have been most affected by violence,” he said. Although dozens of gun laws have been proposed in the Ukraine Parliament since the fall of the Soviet Union, none have managed to pass. It is the only European country without legislation governing the civilian possession of firearms. […]

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