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On Tuesday 14th March, MEP's from across Europe voted in favour of passing damaging legislative changes to the EU Firearms Directive. These changes will put further restrictions on law abiding citizens in Europe who legally possess, or wish to acquire, firearms and ammunition.
The UK already has some of the strictest firearms laws in the world, yet MEPs from both the Labour and Conservative party all voted in favour of further restrictions.
UKIP were the only UK political party who voted to reject these proposals.
We believe that the directive lacks legitimacy because it is not proportionate to its intended objectives; that being to combat terrorism and violent crime. Various studies have indeed highlighted that there is no scientific link between lawfully held firearms and criminal or terrorist activity.
In fact, recent terrorist attacks across Europe have not even involved firearms, but have involved the use of trucks and handheld weapons. Will the EU also seek to restrict the availability of trucks in the future?
This legislation, therefore, acts only as a facade to combatting terrorism in order to distract from the real issue, the Schengen Area, which facilitates the free movement of terrorists and illegal firearms across Europe.
UKIP will always continue to fight to protect the civil liberties of our citizens from further EU legislation.
Margot Parker, UKIP MEP for the East Midlands.
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