February 29
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In Armenia, it is necessary to regulate at the legislative level the issue of citizens' right to self-defense by using weapons. This was announced by Vilen Gabrielyan, an MP of the ruling Civil Contract Faction and author of the package of bills on making amendments and addenda to the Law on Arms Traffic Regulation, during the debates on this law initiative at Monday’s meeting of the Standing Committee on Defense and Security of the National Assembly of Armenia.

According to the lawmaker, this submitted package is aimed at eliminating possible manifestations of corruption in this domain in Armenia, reducing the number of illegal weapons, and gradually withdrawing them from illegal circulation in the country.

"Citizens of the country, in particular, will get the right to carry firearms if they fulfill a number of requirements, including mental stability, the presence of an appropriate license, etc.," explained the MP.

It was noted that the adoption of this package of draft laws will contribute also to the development of hunting, amateur and sports shooting, as well as military training in Armenia.

In turn, Armen Khachatryan, deputy chairman of the aforesaid committee and the related rapporteur, emphasized the adoption of the legislative package, and called on his colleagues to vote in favor.

An Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Arpine Sargsyan presented the positive position of the Armenian government regarding this package of bills. She highlighted their joint work with the creator regarding the package.

And as a result of the debates, this law package was approved by the Standing Committee on Defense and Security.

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