I will start by saying that I am genuinely not trying to start any arguments, as this seems to be a controversial topic.
I have read the EU draft, and agree largely with the changes that they wish to make; standardising the deactivation of firearms to a high quality has no negative impact on anyone who is using the legally i.e. not at all for a deactivated firearm, and increasing communication between police forces would certainly help in preventing illegal arms trafficking.
What I do not agree with is the limitation on semi automatic firearms; just to be clear I do not own a semi auto, but oppose any further limitation to the already limited choice of firearms available to a UK shooter. As I have said, I have read the directive, and (in my very non-legally aware opinion) it would seem that the ban could apply to our rimfire rifles in the UK.
As a member of BASC I checked their stance on it, and their press release seems to indicate that they see the fixed 5 year term firearm permits as the most objectionable part of the new legislation, with no real reference to the semi auto ban. I have sent an email to this effect to the BASC, and sincerely hope I am wrong, and that they will be representing us properly and arguing in favour of maintaining as much of our (already limited) selection as possible, and not simply roll over on it in favour of 10 year licenses (does this really make a significant difference to anyone, anyway?).
This brings me to my point; if, like me, you support the right of licensed law abiding people to continue to own semiautomatic rifles, please write to your respective shooting organisations and tell them, as well as signing the petition shown on a previous thread.
Anyone a bit more legally minded than I, feel free to correct me on any of the assertions I have made regarding the new directive.
Rant over, thanks for reading,