MOSCOW, May 13 (Itar-Tass) —— The police have revoked the weapon storing license of the private security company owned by the family of deputy Gennady Gudkov, a police source told Itar-Tass on Sunday.
“The Moscow police department’s licensing division inspected the AB PANTAN private security company in connection with the statements lodged by citizens with the Russian Interior Ministry. The inspectors exposed significant violations in the storing of service weapons,” he said.
“It was decided to repeal the company’s license to store and use the weapons,” the source said. The weapons were seized early on May 13 morning. In all, the company had about 170 rifles, smooth-barrel and gas weapons.
State Duma deputy Gennady Gudkov tried to settle the situation, sources claimed. The police neither denied nor confirmed the allegations. “A man who introduced himself as a State Duma deputy visited the inspection site. He made claims to the police,” they said.
“It must be noted that the security company personnel were impeding the inspection and the performance of duties by police officers. They had been refusing to give the keys to the storage room to the police. The general director bluntly refused to study the inspection report and called for an ambulance under the pretext he was not feeling well,” the police said.
Effective laws say that “a legal entity which violates the rules of the storing and registration of weapons and ammunition does not receive a warning. Storing and use of weapons and ammunition is stopped immediately in such cases. The weapons and cartridges were taken to a territorial police unit for safekeeping,” the police said.
The company’s license to render private security services may be suspended or an appeal may be filed at court for cancelling the license.