April 1, 1918
(updated June 1, 2020)
Published by Lee Floyd
The first Soviet gun controls were imposed during the Russian Civil War, as Czarists, Western troops, and national independence movements battled the central Red regime.
In October 1918, (the government) ordered the surrender of all firearms, ammunition, and sabers…
Stalin’s determination to destroy the “kulaks” led his regime to equally reinforce disarmament laws with the intent of eventually exterminating defenseless segments of the population. “Stalin apparently found little need to change the weapons control structure he had inherited. His only contributions were a 1935 law making illegal carrying of a knife punishable by five years in prison and a decree of that same year extending” all penalties, including death, down to twelve-year-old children” (Kopel, 1995)
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