The UK’s National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS) hosted an EU-backed gathering of anti-gun agencies in Birmingham a week before the EU gun ban plan was revealed.
The firearms section of the European Multi-Disciplinary Platform against Criminal Threats (known as EMPACT) discussed “practical examples of the benefit of combining both forensic and criminal intelligence to assist investigators to combat gun crime and firearms trafficking.”
According to the NABIS press release, “delegates from the 28 EU member states are attending the event, as well as representatives from UK police forces, the Home Office, Interpol, Europol, Ministry of Defence (MOD) and the National Crime Agency (NCA).”
Speakers included Detective Chief Superintendent Paul Richardson from Merseyside Police and Detective Inspector Paul Joyce of West Midlands Police. Also present were Florent Khies, a ballistic examiner from France, and Pete Gagliardi, a former Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms employee who is now a consultant to police forces worldwide. His firm’s website states: “He currently serves on the Firearms Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).”
West Midlands Police hosted the conference and were represented by Deputy Chief Constable Dave Thompson. Delegates also had the chance to use firearms on the NABIS range and see a demonstration of their ballistic testing software, IBIS (Integrated Ballistics Identification System).
NABIS has long been at the forefront of official British opposition to the lawful ownership of firearms, having campaigned and lobbied hard against the ownership of obsolete antique firearms earlier this year. That it hosted a number of ideologically similar agencies from Europe just a week before the EU’s plan to attack the shooting sports was revealed comes as no surprise.