FACE UK is calling on all those who shoot to contact their MEPs over concerns that a number of proposals to amend the Firearms Directive would do nothing to tackle terrorism and illegal weapons, but would harm legitimate shooting in the UK.
Shooting and country sport organisations, which are part of FACE UK, fully support evidence-based actions that will reduce the flow of illegal firearms to organised criminals and terrorists. The organisations support the view that this is best achieved by ensuring that any new regulations separate lawful ownership and the use of sporting guns from illegal firearms used in terrorism and organised crime.
FACE UK does, however, have a number of concerns with the proposed text, which is highly likely to result in damaging unintended consequences, and harm an activity which is integral to the economic, social and environmental wellbeing of the British countryside.
The Commission’s proposals are now being considered by MEPs and FACE UK members have established a website which will enable individuals to contact their MEPs to raise concerns. These concerns include a standard medical test, a five-year limit on licences, restrictions on young people and the banning of some semi-automatic rifles used for pest control in the UK.
Richard Ali, FACE UK Chairman, said: “It is vital that MEPs fully understand the unintended consequences of the proposed amendments – of the threats to economic, social and environment wellbeing. I call upon all those who shoot to make contact with their MEPs and to respectfully express their concerns.”
The website can be accessed here.