Ireland --(Ammoland.com)- You may not know, nor think you care, who Cecilia Maelstrom is, but I am afraid she is about to become a part of your life if you hold a firearms licence.
Ms Maelstrom is the EU Commissioner for Home Affairs and the issue of firearms licensing is firmly on her agenda for 2014. Last October she launched a commission paper entitled: “Firearms and the internal security of the EU: protecting citizens and disrupting illegal trafficking” . Protecting citizens from the consequences of illegal firearm trafficking into and within the EU is a perfectly laudable aim and one which, depending on your views on the European project, it might seem perfectly sensible to tackle on a Europe wide basis.
The Commissioner almost certainly focussed her comments on legally held firearms not because they are the real problem, but because she cannot do anything about illegally held guns.
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