MOSCOW, 19 February. /Then24/. The number of registered weapons during the coronavirus pandemic decreased in Moscow by 5%. Vadim Medvedev, deputy head of the Main Directorate of the Russian Guard in Moscow, head of the Center for Licensing and Permitting Work, told Then24 about this.
“Compared to 2020, in 2021 the number of registered weapons did not increase. On the contrary, it decreased by about 5%, and the number of weapon owners registered in Moscow also decreased by 5,000 people,” he said.
Medvedev also noted that the pandemic had affected the organization of the work of licensing and permitting units. “This, first of all, was due to the special regime for licensing and permitting work introduced by the Russian government, during which citizens were exempted from the obligation to timely submit documents to extend the validity of weapons permits. This circumstance imposed an additional burden on employees after the removal of such regime and it became necessary to ensure that citizens eliminate the violated deadlines in a very short period,” he said.
According to him, an additional burden on employees was also associated with the self-isolation of residents who own weapons, which made it difficult to carry out control measures against them.