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Ukrainians Should Own More Guns After War Ends, Law Chief Says

Russia’s war in Ukraine has tipped the debate in favor of broader gun ownership.

Residents attend a basic weapons handling and first aid training, in Kyiv.
Residents attend a basic weapons handling and first aid training, in Kyiv.

Photographer: Genya Savilov/AFP

Ukraine’s top law-enforcement official is championing a loosening of gun restrictions as Russia’s attack on the country shifts sentiment toward more openness on civilian possession of firearms. 

Interior Minister Denys Monastyrsky said Russia’s war showed that “tens of thousands” of guns, including assault weapons, that have been distributed by the government for national defense were proof that Ukrainian citizens can “handle arms.”