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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