Gun control activists have expressed concern after Massimo Adriatici, a councilor for security in Voghera and member of Italy’s far-right League party shot and killed a Morrocan immigrant last Tuesday.
Adriatici reportedly shot Youns El Bossettaoui, a 38-year-old man from Morocco in the chest with a .22 pistol in a bar outside Lombardy.
According to the far-right League party, Adriatici acted in self-defense as a former policeman who had a gun license.
“The hypothesis is self-defense. [Adriatici] is a professor of criminal law, a former police officer and criminal lawyer, known and esteemed … he was a victim of aggression to which he responded accidentally,” said League leader Matteo Salvini.
Adriatici claimed that his gun went off after El Boussetaoui pushed him to the ground as he was trying to call the police.
“Everyone, without exception, must condemn the logic of the Far West and do-it-yourself justice,” commented Vinicio Peluffo, head of the center-left Democratic Party in the northern Lombardy region.
Enrico Letta, the leader of the Democratic party added that there is a need to stop privately owned weapons in their country.
Italy has strict laws regulating both ownership and use of firearms while gun deaths are rare and a special license is required to carry a gun in public spaces.