Everything’s on the table: EU sets sights on rewrite of firearms law diktat

The British Association for Shooting and Conservation is warning that the European Union has formally opened the process of rewriting its Firearms Directive, paving the way for fresh clampdowns on the licensed firearms community.

BASC Council member Peter Glenser, a barrister practicing in this area of the law, said: “BASC supports efforts to combat illegal trafficking of firearms, but this is a complex area of the law. The danger of reopening the directive is that amendments could be moved that would be damaging to legitimate shooting sports.”

“These can be malicious and sponsored by those who wish to damage shooting,” continued Glenser. “There can also be proposals which, through ignorance, damage legitimate shooting while trying to improve the law. BASC will be vigilant and ensure that legitimate shooting in the UK is not damaged by this move.”

The move was announced in an EU Council press release issued at 5pm last Thursday. Justifications for the rewrite mentioned in the statement included “increasing cooperation and information exchange in the fight against illicit trafficking of firearms and addressing as a matter of priority the critical issue of deactivation of firearms.”

Worryingly, data sharing was also mentioned, suggesting that the EU wants to transmit lawful firearms owners’ details across national borders to other member states’ police agencies and others.

In the context of Britain’s restrictive firearms laws and the current Law Commission review of them, along with the recent HMIC hatchet job on the licensed firearms community, this generally bodes ill for lawful shooting. The EU is a political union struggling to convince ordinary people of its relevance in an increasingly globalised world. The temptation for EU apparatchiki to flex their muscles and impose new burdens on member states’ populations, as a means of showing how strong the EU is, may prove too much for them to resist.

The EU Firearms Directive was last revised in 2008. EU member states had to transpose the diktat’s measures into domestic law; the directive is binding on countries rather than individual shooters. Nonetheless, measures imposed by the European Commission – an unelected legislative body made up of bureaucrats – cannot be ignored. More accurately, EU member states can only ignore them at risk of kicking up an international diplomatic fuss.

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3 thoughts on “Everything’s on the table: EU sets sights on rewrite of firearms law diktat

  1. DNACowboy

    Oh great, exactly why do other countries need my private date? Unless I plan to shoot abroad there seems to be absolutely no need, I suggest this is nothing more than the usual EU1984-police state bullshit, grrrrr.

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  2. Steven Wolf

    I have read the latest Firearms Directive publication from December 2014. I have noticed something disturbing in one of the chapters:
    http://ec.europa.eu/growth/sectors/defence/defence-firearms-directives/index_en.htm
    Click on Evaluation of the Firearms Directive December 2014, click the executive summary.
    On page 8, in the table there is this goal: “3. Define an agreed approach to the classification of hunting and sporting firearms
    and clarify the rules of the EFP (non legislative)
    _ Different classifications of hunting and sporting firearms across MS creating
    obstacles”

    I don’t know about you but to me it seems as trying to identify the types of firearms that are sporting or for hunting. For example in Republic of Ireland and even in Germany even though semi auto centrefire rifles are permitted, the authorities have an overall say of what type of semi auto rifle is able to be lawfully registered. So you try to register a usual browning semi auto 5 shot hunting gun the police will go okay. However try to register an ar 15 and all of a sudden the police can block that on safety, “military aspect” grounds even though the law says you can have such a rifle. IN UK law it is only a mechanism which is judged to be legal or not not an individual rifle manufacture or make. This directive will basically allow the police EU wide to say which rifles are shall we say PC to be registered and which are not. So that scary looking Lantac Raven in 22LR is just too scary to own, we will have to ban it, but that CZ 22lr bolt action is okay.

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