13 July 2016, breaking – It appears that the EU Parliament has voted in favour of banning all centrefire semi-automatic firearms and standard capacity magazines. However, the situation is unclear at the moment.
UKSN’s author is busy with the day job – and was unable to follow the EU MEPs voting today, as the vote takes place from a pre-numbered list of amendments circulated to MEPs. (“amendment 100, ayes… noes… abstentions… OK, amendment falls” seems to be how the votes work, with their actual changes not read out or confirmed)
It would take hours to cross-reference and unravel what each of the numbered items means.
Some documents are available here, on the EU website. Quite frankly I don’t know whether these are the ones they were using today or whether they were superseded.
From talk around various Facebook groups and posts, it seems that the ban did go through – but nobody’s quite sure. A press conference with Vicky Ford MEP appears to be scheduled for 1630.
UK readers should be aware that the Countryside Alliance, one of Britain’s two main sporting shooting organisations, thinks that Brexit won’t protect us from this EU diktat.