The Czech Republic took legal action Friday against the European Union’s plans to restrict gun ownership in member states.
The European Parliament passed a new directive to limit access to semi-automatic weapons earlier this year in response to terrorism. The Czech Republic has simultaneously moved to make guns more accessible for the very same the reason.
Czech Interior Minister Milan Chovanec argues the new EU directive is too harsh and that it threatens the internal security of member states.
“Such a massive punishment of decent arms holders is unacceptable, because banning legally-held weapons has no connection with the fight against terrorism,” Chovanec said in a statement regarding the lawsuit, Reuters reported Wednesday. “This is not only a nonsensical decision once again undermining people’s trust in the EU, but implementing the directive could also have a negative impact on the internal security of the Czech Republic, because a large number of weapons could move to the black market.”
The lower chamber of the Czech parliament voted to put gun owners’ rights in the constitution in June. President Milos Zeman previously supported more restrictions on guns in the country but had a change of heart after a series of terror attacks across Europe. (RELATED: Czech President Wants to Give Citizens More Guns In Response To Terror Threat)
“Earlier I spoke against possession of large amounts of weapons [in the hands of the people],” Zeman said in an interview with newspaper Blesk in July, 2016. “After those attacks, I do not think so any more.”
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