Following the EU’s decision to reverse its proposed ban on semi-automatic rifles, the Association of Chief Police Officers has revealed it will not oppose moves to repeal the UK’s existing ban.
“The police must be seen to reflect the needs and wishes of the public they serve,” an ACPO press officer told UK Shooting News. “We do not take a public position on political matters but it would be very inappropriate for us to contradict the European Union government.”
The move comes after UK MEP Vicky Ford deleted the EU Commisson’s proposed amendments to its firearms diktat, which would have banned self-loading rifles across the continent. Free countries within the EU vehemently oppose the ban.
“The ban was brought in so we could be seen to appease an angry minority of obsessives who wouldn’t leave us alone,” a government source told UKSN. “Really, it wasn’t at all necessary but at the time ACPO told us we had to disarm civilians so they wouldn’t get confused between good shooters and bad shooters.”
The source added: “After Britain votes to leave the EU on 23rd June we will be harmonising British laws with the EU anyway, and there’s no point in gold-plating their directives if we’re not officially part of it any more. We can just follow what’s written instead.”
Self-unloading rifles are growing in popularity in the UK and police sources tell UKSN that as there is no real difference between those and true self-loading rifles, they may as well concentrate on licensing individuals rather than tightly controlling inanimate objects.
Colin Greenwood is 94.