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DUP stoking fears over Personal Protection weapons

3 July, 2009 - by Alex Maskey

Sinn Fein Policing Board member Alex Maskey MLA has accused the DUP members of whipping up fears and stoking tensions over the issue of personal firearms for purely selfish political gain.

Speaking today Mr Maskey said:

“Despite the DUP members being present at the Policing Board and hearing the evidence and rationale behind the new regulations governing the issue of personal firearms they have gone on an all out media assault in order to prey to people worst fears, paint a doomsday scenario and reduce this issue to its lowest common denominator.

“Time and again we hear the DUP stating the Chief Constable is a man of integrity and that we mustn’t question his judgement yet on this issue they clearly see that they can get a fair amount of airtime and newspaper column inches and so completely disregard Hugh Ordes review of the criteria regarding personal firearms being issued to all ex PSNI or RUC members.    

“The only reason I can see for this is an opportunity to score political points and the DUP are ignoring the reality of the situation for political gain.”

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