(Politico) European pro-gun groups are mobilizing against a new EU push to restrict the sale of firearms, claiming the proposal won't work as an anti-terrorism tool.
The groups, which are using an online petition as well as bulk emails targeted at EU policymakers, say measures proposed by the European Commission would punish hunters and sports enthusiasts but do little to restrict the ability of terrorists and criminals to obtain weapons.
The campaigns represent a new assertiveness for EU gun lobbies, which are far less powerful and visible than the National Rifle Association of America and which have traditionally focused on protecting the rights of hunters. While it's not likely the groups will be able to kill the legislation, it's clear they are already having an impact on the debate.
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