A notable victory in tackling gun crime was sealed last week when the European Parliament agreed a deal with the Council of Ministers on the control of the acquisition and possession of weapons.
This will ensure that all weapons are marked and recorded to help police trace weapons to those who legally bought them; include convertible weapons in European countries' gun control laws; and ensure that people with violent crime convictions are not able to buy guns.
It would be naïve and inaccurate to claim that this law will mark an end to all gun crime, but it is a damn good start. The Association of Chief Police Officers has strongly supported the legislation.
The inclusion of convertible weapons is particularly good news for the UK. While the UK has the strictest standards on gun control in the EU, at present, it is possible to buy guns which fire, for example, blanks or gas, and then smuggle them into the UK where they are modified to fire live bullets. Indeed, nearly half the weapons seized by police in Manchester are conversions.
So there you have it, a measure that will cut crime in the UK, raise standards across the EU towards those in the UK, bring the EU Member States into line with the UN Protocol on Firearms and was endorsed by every political party and group in the European Parliament and the police - but not UKIP.
No doubt UKIP will try to defend their stance with their brand of usual witless sophistry, but would it really hurt their pride just to admit that, in this case, the 27 EU countries and 98% of MEPs got it right and UKIP were wrong?