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Tougher controls needed on carrying cold weapons

October 15, 2013, 16:26 UTC+3

"We have lost control over it in recent years," deputy speaker of Russia's State Duma Vladimir Vasiliev said

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MOSCOW, October 15 (Itar-Tass) - The deputy speaker of Russia's State Duma lower house of parliament, Vladimir Vasiliev, urged on Tuesday for tougher controls on carrying cold steel weapons.

“The issue of cold weapons is subject to negotiation at the moment. We have lost control over it in recent years,” said Vasiliev, leader of the Duma's United Russia faction, noting that “carrying cold steel was considered a finished crime in the Soviet period.”

“From now on, police will take measures against those detained with a cold weapon, and it seems right to me,” Vasiliev said. “We, as lawmakers, should think carefully about the problem and develop an appropriate legal framework.”

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