9th June 2016 – The EU has now declared it wants to ban replica black powder firearms and impose more useless paperwork on lawful shooters.
American website Guns.com reports:
Among the changes would be to deactivate historical guns held in museums across Europe, ban the production of replica firearms to include reproductions of antique weapons, remove the entire class of Category D guns which includes most muzzleloaders, move single-shot long breechloaders with smoothbore barrels to a higher level of control, and other efforts.
FACE, the EU-wide lobbying group for the shooting sports, reacted with dismay, saying: “In its last bid to close the deal before the end of the semester and without the slightest consultation, the Dutch Presidency of the Council aimed at hunters by removing from the text of the Firearms Directive the exception for reproductions of antique weapons (single shot firearms loaded from the muzzle), which are used by hunters in some countries, target shooters, collectors, and for historical re-enactments.”
“The same restrictive approach is adopted against sport shooters,” continued FACE, “with new constraints on the size of the magazines and introducing obligatory membership of a shooting organisation and making it conditional to participation to sports competitions.”
UK Shooting News was also forwarded a press release from France’s William Tell Committee, which represents hunters and sports shooters over there. They said, via the magic of Google translation: “Who will have us believe that the removal of the Class D will enable a more effective fight against organized crime and terrorism? Criminals who use Kalashnikovs and arms dealers who provide the offenders could not care less of these new constraints exclusively hit honest citizens, legal owners of firearms who declare everything.”
They added: “The Dutch EU presidency wants to be saved in C all smooth-bore weapons at once, but the alarm pistols, replicas and deactivated firearms. This broadening of the declaration of weapons that do not meet any criteria of dangerousness is totally unacceptable and demonstrates the bureaucratic side and anti arms [sic] of such a decision.”
Ominously, the William Tell committee added: “The Committee is to challenge the national and European organizations so everyone alert: the interior ministers of each country are to meet June 10, 2016 to take a final position.”
It seems wise to write to your MEP and MP demanding action is taking to reject this change, though with the EU referendum paralysing Britain’s political system, it seems unlikely us Brits will be able to stop this insanity.
The Dutch lose control of the EU presidency at the end of this month. UK Shooting News’ author was unable to locate the original EU documents stating precisely what these changes are.