17 December 2012, 02:42

Americans demand restricting arms sales

Americans demand restricting arms sales

In a special petition more than 120 million Americans demand that the authorities restrict arms sales.

The document has been posted on the White House web site and, according to regulations, needs at least 25,000 signatures for it to be considered by the President's Office.

The right to own firearms is enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. However, it entails a genuine threat to security, with shootouts occurring almost weekly at schools, churches and shopping centers.

The last such incident occurred on Friday. 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot 27 people using a rifle and two pistols registered in his name.

U.S. authorities have conceded that the issue of free sale of weapons needs to be resolved, but say this is "not a matter for the present-day."

Voice of Russia, RIA

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