The EU commission today came to a compromise agreement that will severely hamper legal gun ownership among its member states.

This scramble to “protect” its citizens from terror and crime came about after the Paris attacks and politicians clamored to any straw to make themselves relevant and to be seen “doing something”. The solution; to strengthen gun laws. You know the laws that criminals and terrorist globally already ignore.

This despite that legal gun owners are grossly under-represented in all crime statistics across the entire union. This is a fact that not even the EU commission disputes, but rather than amend its proposal taking this into consideration, they tried to artificially inflate the crime stats of legal gun owners by including statistics from countries outside of the union to defend their position.

This is all akin to trying to prevent terror by banning blue cars, and makes just as much sense.

The most important elements of the proposal on which agreement has been reached are:

  • A ban of dangerous semi-automatic firearms. These include automatic firearms transformed into semi-automatic firearms, long semi-automatic firearms of length less than 60cm, long semi-automatic firearms with loading devices of more than 10 rounds, and short semi-automatic firearms with a loading device of more than 20 rounds.
  • Regulation of alarm and acoustic weapons: An acoustic or salute weapon is an active weapon transformed to only shoot blank, for example for use in theatre or cinema. Such weapons can be easily re-transformed into fully active firearms. In the future, acoustic and salute weapon can still be used in a theatre or in movies, subject to declaration, authorisation or licence depending on the category they belonged to before transformation.
  • Regulation of deactivated weapons, which for the first time are considered firearms despite having been deactivated, and are now subject to declaration to national authorities.
  • Inclusion of museums and collectors in the scope of the Directive: The existing Directive does not cover collectors. In the future, collectors and museums will be treated like any civilian firearms owner. They will have the possibility to acquire category A firearms but only under strict conditions.
  • Stricter conditions for the online acquisition of firearms, to better control the acquisition of firearms, pieces thereof or ammunition through the Internet.
  • Clearer rules on marking of firearms to improve traceability: Member States need to ensure that any firearm or part placed on the market has been marked and registered, and they need to have national computerised data-filing systems in place to strengthen the traceability of firearms.
  • Establishing a system of exchange of information between Member States. In particular, it is extremely important that a person not authorised to buy firearms in a Member States cannot get authorised to do so by another Member State.
  • Conditions for medical tests: In the future, all Member States will have to put in place a system of medical check for the authorisation to acquire firearms. The details regarding medical checks are to be defined by the Member States.
  • Framed derogations for sport shooters which will have the possibility to acquire category A firearms.

They also wanted to impose a complete ban on AR15 & AK47’s regardless of status.

“The Commission regrets that some parts of the original proposal were not supported by the European Parliament and the Council, in particular concerning semi-automatic firearms where the Commission had proposed a greater level of ambition with a complete ban of the most dangerous semi-automatic firearms, including all semi-automatic firearms of the AK47 or AR15 families. The Commission also favoured an approach whereby the magazine size would have been limited to 10 rounds for all semi-automatic firearms, be they long or short. The Commission further regrets that private collectors will be authorised, under certain conditions, to acquire fully active assault weapons.”

Don’t you feel safer already? *sigh*

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Pierre Bush
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2016-12-20 15:49

This is exactly the reason why radical Islamism is escalating within Europe….the EU is too weak to confront the problem. Instead of attacking the problem at its source (aka confronting the Gulf nations export of Wahabbism), they hide behind these weak and worthless bills like restricting legal gun ownership that will do absolutely nothing to solve the problem. This weakness will be their downfall……

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2016-12-20 23:23
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Weak and ineffectual for sure. But the reason wahhabism is spreading is that the Saudis have been pouring huge amounts of money internationally into the propagation of it. And as we know, the west never objects to anything the Saudis do!

est 338Lapua
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est 338Lapua
2016-12-29 22:23
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Goingbrokes,You nailed it, clear and accurate statement, +100 for you

Assad must stay
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Assad must stay
2016-12-20 18:28

They should ban all the trucks. Because atruck is a deadly weapon, more efficient than an automatic gun.
I have the impression that european are the most ridicoulous people on the world.

est 338Lapua
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est 338Lapua
2016-12-29 22:30

The following thought by H L Mencken 1920, applies today not only to US but mainly to most “expeditionary demcoracy spreading countries” which of course includes EU …”When a candidate for public office faces the voters he does not face men of sense; he faces a mob of men whose chief distinguishing mark is the fact that they are quite incapable of weighing ideas, or even of comprehending any save the most elemental — men whose whole thinking is done in terms of emotion, and whose dominant emotion is dread of what they cannot understand. So confronted, the candidate must… Read more »

est 338Lapua
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est 338Lapua
2016-12-30 02:01
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i meant “expeditionary democracy, can’t type properly in rush lol

Daeshbags Sux
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Daeshbags Sux
2016-12-20 23:54

Swiss : if you do your a little bizarre mandatory military service (10 month repartited over 16 years), you have your assault riffle at home and you keep it when service is finished… In other terms, the state offers you a fully automatic assault riffle. Lowest murder rate on Earth but Monaco (where you have 1 cop per 77ppl) and Vatican… Here even the air-guns may be regulated if too powerful. Note that, while talking with buddies in the police, I learnt that you could buy an AK47 on black market 5km from my home… You don’t need to fill… Read more »

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2016-12-30 20:49
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“Anyway, if you really want to make a mass slaughter, firearms are really not the best, even automatic ones!”

Right : you need … only a truck!