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Vox's call for more people to buy guns causes outrage from all sides of politics

File photo of guns seized by Malaga's Guardia Civil.
File photo of guns seized by Malaga's Guardia Civil. / F. SILVA
  • The leader of Vox, Santiago Abascal, said that he was in favour of people being able to carry a gun for self defence

Hard-fight political newcomers, Vox, were heavily criticised this week by all parts of the political spectrum for calling for more people in Spain to be allowed to buy guns.

In an interview with a Spanish pro-gun website, the leader of Vox, Santiago Abascal, said that he was in favour of people being able to carry a gun for self defence as long as they didn't have a criminal record. The Vox leader admitted he has a Smith & Wesson weapon after being threatened by ETA in the past.

Criticism of the Vox-leader's view didn't take long to emerge. PP-leader Pablo Casado said he strongly disagreed and Ciudadanos said it seemed like something "out of the Wild West", when Spain was in fact a relatively violence-free country by international standards.

Government spokesperson Isabel Celaá said that Abascal's comments weren't very sensible and added, "Spain doesn't want to turn into the US."