Lithuania's parliament adopted amendments allowing members of the Riflemen's Union to keep semi -automatic guns in their homes last summer, however, not a single rifleman has been granted a permit yet.
At the riflemen gathering
© DELFI / Tomas Vinickas

Liudas Gumbinas, the leader of the Riflemen's Union, says that the implementation of the law was delayed since it took effect in September, as special programs and instructors had to be prepared, and the launch of the training for riflemen to buy category B and C weapons in April should make it possible for them to have the permits in summer.

"Riflemen do not have guns in their homes under the law, however, logical steps have been taken to make it possible. A training program has been approved for a rifleman to complete in order to have a gun in his home. A description of procedures is also in place on how the gun can be used in the service of riflemen. The documents were approved in November, people are being trained to deliver the training program to the riflemen," Gumbinas told BNS on Wednesday.

The issue of implementation of the amendments was discussed by the parliamentary National Security and Defence Committee on Wednesday after public complaints from riflemen about the ineffective law.

The amendments allow riflemen to purchase B and C category guns and keep them in their homes. Under Lithuania's laws, weapons are divided in four categories, with A category being the deadliest weapons and cartridges, while D being the least dangerous.

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