Lithuania's parliament (Seimas) has adopted amendments to allow members of the Lithuanian Riflemen's Union and volunteer troops to purchase semi-automatic guns and cartridges and to keep them in their homes.

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The amendments allowing the purchase of B and C category guns were supported on Thursday by 60 of Lithuania's 141 parliamentarians, with seven nay votes and 28 abstentions.

According to Lithuanian law, weapons are divided into four categories, with the A category representing the deadliest weapons and cartridges, and the D category featuring the least dangerous.

The initiators of the amendments said they were necessary for national security and to correct the fact that the two categories were allowed for sport but not for riflemen.

Robertas Juodka of the Riflemen's Union says the possession of guns in riflemen's homes would eliminate the possibility for a potential enemy to quickly destroy the entire arsenal where the majority of guns are stored in a centralized manner.

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