His comments were made after a gunman with a rifle killed six people in southwest Russia Monday, RIA Novosti reported Saturday.
"I do not support the idea of free arms distribution in Russia," Putin told a Russian television station. "It is dangerous to artificially stimulate this process."
Police arrested the suspect, 31-year-old Sergei Pomazun, after a manhunt that lasted more than 24 hours and involved about 2,000 people.
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