On November 18, 2014, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed into law several changes designed to help in the development of hunting and shooting sports in the Russian Federation. The Right to Bear Arms worked with the government in designing this legislation and we believe these changes to be positive.
Foreign citizens wishing to travel to Russia to hunt or participate in sporting competitions will now enjoy simpler customs procedures AND will be allowed to keep and transport their weapons themselves during their time in Russia. (Previously, foreign visitors needed to hire third party Russian companies to transport personal weapons brought into the country.)
Russian gun collectors no longer have to coordinate their weapon purchases with the Russian Ministry of Culture.
Russian gun owners are now allowed to transport up to 1,000 rounds of ammunition within the country (up from a previous limit of 400). This should make hunting trips and sporting competitions much easier to enjoy.
Sport shooting clubs themselves are now allowed to transport up to 20 weapons and 20,000 rounds of ammunition per trip to their facilities (up from 5 weapons and a mere 400 rounds of ammunition). While the requirement of hiring expensive security personnel for each such trip remains, the fact that fewer such trips should now be required should lower the cost of operations for all shooting clubs substantially.
Unfortunately, these new laws and regulations still do not expand the rights of Russian Federation citizens to defend themselves in their homes or on the streets. But we continue that battle!