Dutch Officials Want Religion, Political Affiliation On Gun Permit Applications
By Tom Knighton
While we’re unlikely to ever have any European-style gun control in this country, it doesn’t mean anti-gunners won’t try. If they’re smart, they’ll try and do it incrementally, rather than in one fell swoop, but it doesn’t mean they’ll be any more successful that way.
To make matters worse, though, the lack of an equivalent to the Second Amendment in these countries means things could get very ugly for the handful of gun owners that do exist. Take, for example, what Dutch officials are trying to do.
The paper says the requirements are included in amendments to the current law on guns and ammunition and follows the introduction of new European legislation. The privacy-sensitive information would be held for up to 30 years.
In order to register gun ownership, ‘the police will be able to process personal information including race or ethnicity, political beliefs, religious or other life-style convictions as well as health and criminal records,’ the draft legislation states. ‘There are diverse risk factors attacked to guns,’ justice minister Ferd Grapperhaus said in a briefing to MPs. This is why the police need information ‘from different sources’ to determine if it is safe to let someone own a gun.
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Source:: Bearing Arms