Maria, who or what got you started to become a gun right activist?
I have a very simple story. My father is a hunter and since my early childhood he has taught me and my sister how to shoot. I fired my first gun at the age of 8. Then I became interested in sports shooting (especially practical shooting). And now I am not only an IPSC shooter, but I am also a range officer of such sports shooting confederations as IPSC and IDPA.
Do you have gun rights associations in your country? Do you work for them, together with them or on your own? Please tell us how and why.
Yes, we have. I am the Chairman of the largest gun rights organization today in Russia – „The Right to Bear Arms.“ We have more than 5,000 members all over Russia. “The Right to Bear Arms” was founded in 2010. It is the non-profit organization uniting gun owners of the Russian Federation and people interested in the right of civilian ownership of arms for the protection of themselves and their families.