Anger at Dutch plan to ask race and religion of gun licence applicants

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Source: The Guardian

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The Dutch government is facing a storm of protest over plans to register the race and religion of people seeking a firearms licence.

The requirements, contained in a bill set to be introduced in the lower house of the Dutch parliament next month, would also require the state to compile information on an applicant’s political and philosophical views.

The changes are being made to comply with a tightened European directive on the possession of weapons, after a series of terrorist attacks across the continent in recent years.

But critics, including privacy campaigners and members of two of the parties in the Dutch coalition government – the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA) and D66 – say the cabinet, which proposed the legislation, has gone beyond the EU’s requirements.

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