It’s amazing how many freedoms are taken away under the guise of “security” and terrorism concerns. The police union in the United Kingdom is now telling police to snoop on gun owners and secure their weapons using anti-terror laws.
The Association of Chief Police Officers’ (ACPO) has started a campaign for police to enter the homes of law abiding gun owners in order to keep tabs on their weapons and search their property. And while these actions are being called anti-terrorism campaigns it looks more like another attempt to discourage gun ownership for our friends across the sea.
Police in the UK are also calling on gun owners to rat each other out with any reports of “suspicious” activity. Of course, for anti-gunners just owning a gun at all is suspicious.
According to shootinguk.co.uk,
Chief Constable Andy Marsh, the national policing lead for firearms and explosives licensing, called on the shooting community to lend its support to the new measures, saying: “The public and especially the shooting community can greatly assist the police in gathering intelligence and protecting our communities by being vigilant around firearms licensing. The shooting community is close, and will recognise sudden behavioural changes in fellow shooters that could cause concerns. However, they may not feel like they can act and the Crimestoppers hotline empowers people to voice concerns anonymously.”
He added: “If you are concerned that guns are being kept insecurely or notice signs that shooters may be vulnerable to criminal or terrorist groups or have shown sympathy towards extremist acts, please report it.”
Gun owners are being reassured that this is not an attempt to “catch” them and that any visit will have a “reasoned explanation”.
But some groups are not pushing back against this anti-gun agenda.
The Countryside Alliance has called ACPO’s campaign to target the legitimate shooting community over security concerns “unjustified and ill-judged”. The CA’s director of campaigns, Tim Bonner, said: “This campaign is exactly the sort of knee-jerk reaction to an unrelated problem that the Government had promised to avoid. It is unjustified and ill-judged, and will serve only to waste police resources and alienate a large and law abiding section of the community.