22 June 2016 – The government has announced that it doesn’t care if historical re-enactors are left out of pocket by the EU diktat on deactivated firearms – and has explicitly refused to compensate owners of UK-spec deactivated firearms.
New text added late yesterday afternoon to the GOV.UK webpage on firearms licensing reads:
Travelling to EU countries with deactivated weapons for historical re-enactments and commemorative events
If you are travelling to an EU country with deactivated weapons, these must conform to the technical specifications set out in the EU Implementing Regulation on deactivation standards which came into effect on 8 April.
If you are returning to the UK you will also need to comply with the additional measures required by the UK. Weapons deactivated to other standards must not be taken to other EU countries, nor will they be admitted into the UK.
The Proof Houses are aware of the likely increase in demand for their services and the urgency of such requests in relation to the centenary anniversary of the Battle of the Somme and related events. Re-enactment and living history societies and individuals should contact the relevant Proof House as soon as possible and tell them of the numbers and types of firearms which need certifying. The Proof House will endeavour to meet requests ahead of travel but cannot guarantee all firearms will be certified in time.
All costs incurred as a result of this certification must be met by the owners of the deactivated weapons. The government will not provide any financial assistance to cover these costs and it will not provide compensation for any claims arising as a result of the additional certification requirement.
The onus remains on individuals to check with the relevant authority if import licenses are need before travelling with deactivated. Please read the guidance on importing deactivated weapons back into the UK.
As reported on UK Shooting News, the EU implementing regulation on standards for deactivated firearms came into force on 8th April. The government only announced how Britons could comply with the regulation in June – two months after the diktat became law in Britain – because it was so confusing, contradictory and dangerous that it took two months to figure out how to ensure public safety could be maintained with this new EU rule. WWI re-enactors commemorating the war’s centenary warned that the EU diktat was disrupting their efforts to appropriately remember the fallen.
Thanks to the EU diktat, hundreds of thousands of deactivated firearms in Britain are due to be rebranded ‘defectively deactivated’ because of Brussels – even though they have been perfectly safely deactivated to UK specifications for years and are incapable of being converted back into live firearms.
MEPs are unable to vote on implementing regulations from the EU. These are handed down directly from the EU Commission.
The government’s position on this damaging and unnecessary EU regulation, which tore up sensible and fit-for-purpose British deactivation laws so severely that it took civil servants almost two months after the regulation came into force to figure out how to implement it, is clear:
You’re on your own, pal. Cough up or else. We don’t care about you.
Vote Leave tomorrow to ensure this silly diktat will no longer apply to Britain.