Britain, the EU country pushing hardest to support the EU plan to ban all semi-automatic firearms, has got a British politician appointed as rapporteur for the firearms review.
Vicky Ford MEP, chairman of the EU’s Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection, has been appointed as rapporteur for the amendments to EU Council Directive 91/477/EEC – otherwise known as the Firearms Directive. This is the EU diktat which sets out what EU member states are permitted to do in terms of firearms laws.
Rapporteurs, according to the EU website, are placed in charge of reports on upcoming EU diktats. “The rapporteur’s key task is to analyse the project,” says the EU webpage, “consult with specialists in the particular field and with those who could be affected, discuss with other members within the committee and recommend the political “line” to be followed. All of these considerations flow into the report they submit to the Committee.”
The “political line to follow” part of Ford’s report is going to be absolutely critical, and it may be that this is the point at which the free countries of Europe lost the fight. The EU itself wants to ban semi-automatic firearms that resemble military firearms – though it has given no detail at all on how law enforcement will distinguish between “military” and “modern in appearance” firearms.
Ford’s political boss, Prime Minister David Cameron, recently announced that he wants to enforce a total semi-automatic firearm ban. Many commentators, foremost amongst them UK Shooting News, have seen that the EU gun ban plan bears a remarkable similarity to Britain’s chaotic and overly restrictive laws.
The other EU parliament committee which will scrutinise the gun ban plan, the civil liberties committee, is chaired by British Labour MEP Claude Moraes. Britain’s Labour Party has told constituents it is unreservedly in favour of the gun ban and will vote for it.
Although the majority of MEPs at the EU parliament’s first hearing about the gun ban plan strongly opposed it, the EU is designed to override democratic wishes in favour of the unelected EU Commission’s plans. With key responsibility for a far-reaching diktat placed in the hands of one woman from a nation whose leader is firmly in favour of it, the pendulum is swinging towards the EU gun-grabbers.
European shooting campaign group Firearms United has written a comprehensive overview of how a handful of EU elites alternately forged and ignored evidence as they tried to foist their private plan for an EU-wide gun ban (links to PDF – a long read but a good one) across the free nations of the continent.