Chief military prosecutor: Ukrainians should have right to carry weapon
“There are a lot of things happening in Ukraine right now. I hold to the principle that every Ukrainian should have a weapon and be able to preserve or protect his life in case of difficult times,” he said.
Matios confirmed that he carries a service weapon, since his status of a serviceman allows him to do so.
“This is my service weapon. I have the right to carry it, keep it and use it,” the chief military prosecutor said.
He also stressed that he uses the gun only at a shooting range or training ground.
In 2015, a petition demanding legislative approval for the right of citizens of Ukraine to defend themselves – in other words, to carry a gun – garnered the necessary 25,000 signatures.
President Petro Poroshenko’s rejected the petition, referring to sociological studies in which only 11% of Ukrainians support the ability to carry a weapon, and 82% are against it. ■