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Tuomioja questions gun enthusiasts' arguments against firearms directive
Arguments that the proposed amendments to the EU Firearms Directive pose a threat to the defence capabilities of Finland are calculated and erroneous, Erkki Tuomioja (SDP) states in a recent blog post. The explicit premise of the legislation, he points out, is that the country is defended with firearms provided by authorities, not with those of quasi-official volunteer military units. The majority of the firearms affected by the amendments are currently in the possession of elderly reservists and are, consequently, of no significance for national defence capabilities, the ex-Minister for Foreign Affairs adds.