4 Feb 2016 – A purported draft amendment to the EU gun ban plan’s text is causing considerable unease amongst Continental shooters – but nobody appears sure where it has come from.
The draft text appears to have surfaced via one of campaign group Firearms United’s non-English-language pages. Despite this, its provenance remains unknown.
The supposed amendment text reads:
Category B7 includes:
1. Clone war weapons and their spin-off provided that they are not suitable for containing the release devices of the original weapon;
2. Semi-automatic weapons that have two or more of the following characteristics:
a) Folding or telescopic butt;
(b) Gun Grip 
c) Presence of two or more optics supports (Piccatinny rail);
d) Bayonet connection or bayonet if fixed;
e) Weapons with length less than 830 mm;
3. Weapons with barrel length less than 450 mm;
4. Semi-automatic weapons suitable to fire the same ammunition as war weapons which have one or more of the characteristics indicated in the above point 2)
 It is not considered as gun grip the one obtained from the butt and having a hole for the housing of the thumb (thumbhole);
 Length is to be considered with close butt, excluding any flash eliminators.
 Barrel length measured without attachments as flash eliminators, mouth brakes, compensators;
 Following you will find a non-exhaustive list of the more common calibres suitable for war ammunition: i.e. 5.45 mm x 36; 7.62 mm x 39; 7.62 mm x 54; .223 Remington; .308 Winchester; .30-06
UK Shooting News thinks that this text, if passed into law, would outlaw the vast majority of semi-automatic firearms in current production, and represents no real change from the first draft’s position of banning firearms that “resemble” full auto ones.