11 Jan 2016 – Vicky Ford MEP, “rapporteur” for the EU’s proposed ban on semi-automatic firearms, has criticised the first draft of the legislation.
Speaking on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire last Thursday, Ford – MEP for the East of England – said the gun ban plan was “very badly worded” and “lacked clarity”.
She also pointed out that the weapons used in the Charlie Hebdo attacks were illegally converted blank firers, while saying that “alarm weapons … were being converted into weapons that could be used” in Britain in years gone by.
Ford also visited the historic aviation museum at Duxford, speaking to curators of the Imperial War Museum (who operate Duxford) and the Royal Armouries, who explained to her that the deactivation proposals would destroy their historic collections.
You can listen to the three minute interview via Ford’s Facebook page.
In other comments on her page, Ford also revealed that it would take about two months for her report to the EU Commission to be completed before a vote, which she thinks will probably take place in June.
UK Shooting News urges shooters to be polite and constructive in comments and messages addressed to Ford, as she appears, so far, to be listening to the licensed firearms community’s fears – a rarity from any British politician.
Nonetheless, regular UKSN readers will recall that Ford’s party leader, David Cameron, called for all semi-automatic firearms to be banned, while Home Secretary Theresa May echoed that call.
Despite Ford’s evident open-mindedness, with Cameron – who is strongly pro-EU – seeking to “renegotiate” Britain’s EU membership ahead of a national referendum in 2017, it is possible that Ford may be ordered to fully endorse the gun ban plan as a way for Cameron to curry favour with his EU masters.
Lead image: Vicky Ford MEP/Facebook.