Head of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on National Security, MP Oleksandr Zavitnevych has openly spoken in support of easing civilians' access to firearms – something the Ukrainian government has constantly opposed throughout the years of independence.

"I'll say this: as a former military, I support this [legalization of weapons for civilians]. But we need to develop the right type of gun control system," Zavitnevych told RBC-Ukraine.

He recalled that the use of weapons is a "very responsible" thing.

"There are many supporters and opponents of the idea here. By the way, I'm a hunter, I have a rifle, and I clearly follow all the rules for its storage and use. I support legalization of short-barrel weapons ," the official said.

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