21 Jan 2016 – A British government minister accidentally let slip that the EU gun ban plan is about imposing a UK-style ban on the free countries of Europe.
Mike Penning MP, a junior Home Office minister, made the slip-up in a written Parliamentary response on 19th January.
In response to a question from Jim Shannon MP (who is under investigation for alleged expenses irregularities), Penning wrote: “Discussion on the EU Firearms Directive (which sets tighter controls on owning and trading firearms) which would prohibit the private ownership of high-powered semi automatic weapons, is underway.”
In the British context, “high powered” generally means any semi-auto other than one chambered in .22″. Fullbore semi-autos were banned in the UK in 1988 after a man known to police went on a murderous rampage with a legally owned firearm.
This official confirmation from the British government that the EU’s plan to ban peacefully held firearms will strengthen the resolve of free countries not to be subjected to the British jackboot.
UK Shooting News will be catching up with news from the EU later this week and next week.