|Just cut and pasted this from an email to Highclere castle.
Europe and firearms
In the wake of the horrific events in Paris last week, the European Commission has this week announced that it will be amending the Firearms Directive to make it more difficult to acquire firearms, including deactivated firearms, with the aim of improving traceability and stronger co-operation between member states.
The Countryside Alliance is concerned that at least some of the proposals seem to have little to do with addressing the deplorable acts of terrorism in Paris and will simply create additional unnecessary burdens for national police forces and legal firearm holders.
Many of the recommendations are sensible and show where improvements can be made. However, others appear to be hastily made decisions which could backfire on the legal firearm holders of the UK.
The UK is world renowned for its strict firearms licensing laws and we lead on many of the issues which the EU Commission is discussing, such as deactivation and standardised marking. However, some of these proposals would seem unlikely to have an effect on terrorist activity.
We strongly believe that the way forward is a separate directive dealing with terrorism and military arms, not amending the Firearms Directive. If, though, the Commission is determined to push forward with amendments they must be clearly aimed at the increasing threat of terrorism and illegal trafficking. Tim Bonner
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European sporting umbrella body FACE, of which the Countryside Alliance is part, issued a press release where it declared: "FACE supports the European Commissionís initiatives in the fight against terrorism and illegal practices. FACE nonetheless questions how the Commissionís proposal to further restrict the lawful possession of firearms by hunters and sports shooters would prevent terrorists from committing atrocities. Illegally manufactured and/or trafficked firearms are readily available from the black market within the EU or from outside its borders." Read more here.