(CNSNews.com) - The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is opening an office in London - "joining with embattled British citizens in their fight to restore their firearms rights," the group said in a press release.
"This is the first time an American firearm civil rights organization has opened an office on foreign soil," said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb.
"With the attack on gun rights becoming global, it is important to fight these battles on every continent before we find ourselves isolated from an important human civil right," he said.
"Extremist gun control measures have disarmed the British people, leaving them vulnerable to criminal assault, he added. "Incredibly, if they do defend themselves, they can be prosecuted and imprisoned."
The United Kingdom banned privately owned handguns in 1997, but CCRKBA noted that since then, gun crime has nearly doubled.
"What more appropriate place for the Citizens Committee to be than in the middle of this battleground, offering whatever help we can to British citizens in their efforts to take back their neighborhoods and make their communities safe once again?"
Gottlieb said he plans to meet with Members of Parliament when he travels to London to open CCRKBA's office there.
The organization has named Conservative Party activist Greg Smith as CCRKBA's European representative, and it said British citizens and gun owners from other European countries will fund the effort.
Smith called the British gun ban "conclusive proof" that gun control does not work.
"You can take guns away from law-abiding citizens, whose only desire is to protect their homes and families. However, our experience has proved that you cannot stop criminals, who are reportedly bringing guns into the country illegally, while honest citizens find it nearly impossible to even own a sporting shotgun," Smith said.
The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms says it has 650,000 members and supporters in the United States. It describes its mission as the "preservation of firearms freedoms through active lobbying of elected officials and facilitating grass-roots organization of gun rights activists in local communities throughout the United States."
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