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Russian president opposes gun sales for self-defense

April 27, 2013 at 12:03 PM

MOSCOW, April 27 (UPI) -- Russian citizens should not be allowed to freely own guns for purposes of self-defense, says President Vladimir Putin.

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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