Another EU parliament committee rejects EU gun ban – report

10 May 2016 – An EU parliament committee chaired by a UK Labour MEP has, surprisingly, rejected demands by left-wing MEPs to support the EU gun ban, according to reports.

Campaigning website all4shooters reports, via the related Firearms United campaign group, that the LIBE committee of the EU parliament, which is chaired by London MEP Claude Moraes, a Labour party member, that:

  • The proposal to ban “Category B7” modern sporting firearms (a.k.a. “military-style” guns) was rejected.
  • The proposal to severely restrict or even impose licensing and registrations for deactivated and replica firearms was rejected.
  • Collectors are kept out of the scope of the directive.
  • The proposal to restrict detachable magazines in capacity, to include them into the list of “essential firearm components” and impose mandatory registration EU-wide was rejected; same goes for silencers and sound suppressors.
  • The socialists’ proposal to impose an an additional tax on firearms and ammunitions has been rejected.
  • While essential gun parts should be marked, the proposal to impose marking of ammunition was rejected.
  • Member States will still be allowed to sell ex-military surplus to civilians and to grant, although under certain conditions, licenses for “Category A” military firearms and light weapons.
  • The proposal to impose EU-common mandatory medical standards and tests for the release and the renewal of gun licenses, and the proposal to impose an EU-level standard expiry date for all gun licenses, were both rejected.
  • People under the age of 18 will still be allowed to own and operate firearms for hunting and sport shooting, albeit under the supervision of an adult guardian that should also be a licensed gun owner.
  • While LIBE asks that the European Directive should refer to “mandatory safe storage” for privately-owned firearms, conditions and standards for said “safe storage” should be left to each individual Member State to establish on its own soil.
  • EU Member States should established a common database of licensed gun owners. As “Big Brother-ish” as it may sound, this could open the way for a future gun license reciprocity in the EU.

UK Shooting News commends their full write up to you.

Labour’s policy is that the shooting sports must only be accessible to the rich, as reported last week on UKSN.

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2 thoughts on “Another EU parliament committee rejects EU gun ban – report

  1. CJ

    Apologies for the length – this is from my Labour MEP today – they are pushing the following agenda:

    From: “Anneliese Dodds MEP”
    Date: 10 May 2016 at 15:34:22 BST
    Subject: Re: Regarding the Revision of the Firearms Directive (Case Ref: ZA10605)

    Dear Colin Jenkins,

    Further to my previous correspondence, I wanted to update you on the state of play of the Firearms Directive now that the European Parliament’s draft report has been published. Labour MEPs broadly support the position adopted in the draft report.

    Additionally, we support a limited move of category B7 (firearms subject to authorisation) to A7 (firearms prohibited to the general public). However, the wording ‘semi-automatic firearms that resemble weapons with an automatic mechanism’ which has caused great concern should be deleted as it is unclear, both from a legal and technical point of view, on how this would work in practice. We are now trying to find new wording for Category A7 in order to define a narrower ban limited by a series of technical criteria connected to the dangerousness of the weapon.

    Furthermore, we believe semi-automatic firearms should continue to fall under Category B, subject to the restricted number of bullets the magazine and chamber can hold. This idea is currently being discussed in negotiations. If successful, this would enable UK firearm holders to continue to possess 22″ calibre rifles, subject to a limited magazine range.

    In relation to the different groups / aspects potentially affected:

    Sport shooters- we are currently discussing the possibility of having a derogation for sports shooters so that they can use category A firearms in their respective sporting societies provided the requirement for safe storage conditions is met.

    Dealers and brokers – since brokers provide services similar to those of dealers, they should also be covered by this Directive and should be subject to the same obligations as dealers in all relevant respects.

    Collectors-despite opposition we believe they should be covered by the Directive. The proposal addresses a loophole in the current Directive that has so far completely exempted a category of civilians from accountability in the absence of any definition that would identify them and their potential social function (contrary to museums).

    This is particularly important for Category A firearms. French police revealed evidence that guns used in recent attacks in Toulouse and Montpellier came directly from private collections. Collectors will still be able to acquire active category B, C and D weapons as well as deactivated category A weapons.

    Museums – we believe museums and bodies, private and public, ‘recognised as such by the MS in whose territory they are established’ should be able to continue to possess category ‘A’ weapons, both active and deactivated, provided they are stored with a level of security proportionate to the risks associated with unauthorised access to such firearms.

    Distance sales – we believe that distance sales should only be permitted provided necessary checks have been carried out and the final handing over of the firearm, essential component or ammunition takes place at either a local police station, premises of a dealer or another body authorised under national law.

    Medical tests – we believe the UK system works well as it does now and that the UK should keep its medical testing as it stands (every 5 years).

    Minimum age- the Commission proposal is maintaining the same text deleting just the possibility for a person of less than 18 years of age to acquire a firearm, other than through purchase (legacy or donation). It is important to clarify that with this proposal nothing will change for minors who wish to practice sports or hunting. We fully support this stance.

    The vote in the Internal Market and Consumer Protection committee is set for June 27th and negotiations are still ongoing.

    Yours sincerely,

    Anneliese Dodds MEP

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