3. Registration as "Citizen Control"

3.2 Soviet Union

In April, 1918, the Communist government of the Soviet Union introduced a registration form for firearm owners. A scant seven months later, the Soviet government revoked these certificates and required that all firearms and ammunition be surrendered to the authorities. Members of the Russian Communist Party were exempt (Simkin, et al., 1994, p.98, pp.105-126).

Between 1920 and 1926, the Soviet government issued a series of strict firearm controls which all but eliminated the civilian ownership of firearms in the Soviet Union (Simkin, et al., 1994, p.98, p.101).