14 March 2016 – Lord Faulks, a junior minister at the Ministry of Justice, confirmed to Parliament last week that the British State is firmly behind the EU Commission’s plan to ban modern sporting rifles from civilian ownership.
Speaking about the agenda for the latest meeting of the EU Justice and Home Affairs Council, Lord Faulks said:
The UK will continue to push for our priorities on the Firearms Directive including a prohibition on certain high powered semi-automatic weapons.
This is, as if further evidence was necessary, proof that Britain is determined to destroy the freedoms in other EU member states that free people enjoy.
Domestic opposition to the EU gun ban in Britain is mostly fragmented, with the two principal shooting representative bodies, BASC and the Countryside Alliance, putting up a token fight. BASC has previously told its members that the ban will, in its opinion, not affect users of multi-shot shotguns (who make up a significant number of BASC members).
While the vast majority of target shooters are against the ban, countryside shooters appear to be largely apathetic or even in favour of the ban.