Two families bereaved by the UVF have pledged to vociferously oppose attempts by its leaders to secure legally held weapons and £5m funding for their community projects.
Gerry Armstrong whose 18-year-old brother Paul was beaten and then shot dead in 1974 said it would be "an obscene insult to innocent victims" if the Government agreed to the paramilitary group's request.
Paul McIlwaine, whose 18-year-old son David was stabbed to death 20 years ago, said it would be "insane" to grant firearm licences to UVF members.
Earlier this month, Sunday Life revealed that the paramilitary group's leaders wanted £5m of public funding for their community projects, in return for members morphing into the alternative Action for Community Transition (ACT) initiative.
Under current gun ownership rules in Northern Ireland, any new applicant suspected of having paramilitary links is automatically refused a licence.
In their talks with the Northern Ireland Office, UVF chiefs have asked for this rule to be waived for members who don't have terror convictions.
They have argued that having personal protection weapons is essential if the organisation is to transform.
Catholic teenager Paul Armstrong was abducted near his Ligoniel home in north Belfast in November 1974. The merchant seaman was tortured before being shot four times. His body was dumped in a disused bakery in Byron Street.
His brother Gerry said: "I woke up on the 46th anniversary of my wee brother's murder to find out that the UVF wanted millions of pounds and guns.
"The only thing the UVF should be getting is an order to disband. If the British Government is even contemplating giving in to them, it would be a massive slap in the face for my family and other innocent victims.
"The policeman who visited our house promised my father that he would hunt to the ends of the earth for Paul's killers. We never heard from the RUC again.
"We know we will never get truth and justice, but we ask the British Government to at least treat us with a bit of respect and dignity." Gerry said his brother's murder had devastated the family.
"When Paul's body was found, the police thought he was a schoolboy because he was only 5ft three and looked so young.
"My mother was so traumatised that she didn't go the funeral. And she never once set foot in Milltown Cemetery.
"We had to take photographs of the grave to show her, and her heart was so broken that she could barely look at them. After all we've been through, this is just piling more hurt on us.
"The innocent victims don't have a voice. The narrative is dominated by the paramilitary leaders so I'm writing a book to try to redress the balance and tell my brother's story."
Protestant teenager David McIlwaine was killed with his friend Andrew Robb after a night out in a Tandragee nightclub in February 2000. His throat was so badly slashed that he had to be buried in a polo neck.
His hands were ripped to pieces from trying to defend himself. The undertakers worked on him for 34 hours before letting his parents see the body.
Neither man was a member of a paramilitary organisation, but a court later heard that 19-year-old Robb had made disparaging remarks about the UVF's Mid-Ulster leader Richard Jameson who had been murdered by the LVF the previous month.
David's father Paul said: "My son was butchered. He suffered 57 knife wounds and they tried to cut off his head.
"I was horrified to find out that some in senior positions in the Mid-Ulster UVF at the time had legally held guns. Others were being paid to work in security force bases.
"I'm not surprised that the UVF is looking for firearm licences for its members, but they should be refused.
"No way in this world should the Government consider giving members of an illegal, criminal organisation guns. Neither should terrorists who have murdered Catholics and Protestants receive £5m funding.
"They should be told to own up to all they have done and to disband. There shouldn't be any reward offered."
Loyalist Stephen Brown was convicted of the double murder of the two teenagers. Mark Burcombe, who turned supergrass, was convicted of conspiring to cause grievous bodily harm to Andrew Robb.