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    Petition against EU Proposal to restrict specific firearms

    https://www.change.org/p/council-of-...tarters-no_msg

    Looks like semi-auto shotguns and rimfires will be off limits. There's also talk of adding "tactical-looking" (my quotes, not theirs) rifles to the list...
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    A revision of the Firearms Directive, to tighten controls on the acquisition and possession of firearms
    The Commission has today tabled proposals to amend the EU Firearms Directive, which defines the rules under which private persons can acquire and possess weapons, as well as the transfer of firearms to another EU country. The main elements of the proposed revision are:
    Stricter rules to ban certain semi-automatic firearms, which will not, under any circumstance, be allowed to be held by private persons, even if they have been permanently deactivated;
    Tighter rules on the online acquisition of firearms, to avoid the acquisition of firearms, key parts or ammunition through the Internet;
    EU common rules on marking of firearms to improve the traceability of weapons;
    Better exchange of information between Member States, for example on any refusal of authorisation to own a firearm decided by another national authority, and obligation to interconnect national registers of weapons;
    Common criteria concerning alarm weapons (e.g. distress flares and starter pistols)in order to prevent their transformation into fully functioning firearms;
    Stricter conditions for the circulation of deactivated firearms;
    Stricter conditions for collectors to limit the risk of sale to criminals.
    The proposed amendments which the Commission has tabled today now need to be approved by the European Parliament and Council.
    An Implementing Regulation on common minimum standards for deactivation of firearms
    The Implementing Regulation sets out common and strict criteria on the way Member States must deactivate weapons so that they are rendered inoperable. The possession of the most dangerous firearms – even if they are deactivated – will no longer be allowed.
    The Implementing Regulation is based on the criteria for deactivation developed by the Permanent International Commission for the Proof of Small Arms (the CIP). Following a positive vote on the draft Regulation by Member States in a comitology committee earlier this morning, the College of Commissioners formally adopted the text. The Regulation will be published immediately in the Official Journal and will enter into force after 3 months.
    Today's package of measures to strengthen the control of firearms within the EU is based on a detailed evaluation of the implementation of the Firearms Directive carried out by the Commission last year in the context of its Regulatory Fitness programme (REFIT), which aims to ensure that existing EU regulation is fit for purpose. To ensure the best practical results on the deactivation of firearms, the Commission will regularly review and update the technical specifications laid down in this Regulation.
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    I have signed the petition but I fear that the minds of the unelected 'leaders' of Europe have already been made up and they are going through with the ban.

    You can read the whole thing here https://ukshootingnews.wordpress.com...-ban-proposal/

    The fact that they want to ban guns based on their looks and not on their function tells you that you are not dealing with a logical argument. I suspect the only chance we have is join the NO campaign and get us out of the insanity that is the European Union.

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    Signed the petition. What is it that makes people think tighter control on the legal ownership of firearms will restrict their illegal use?
    It's like introducing a longer driving test in response to 15 year old joyriders. Not just ineffective, but totally irrelevant!
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    Makes the politicians look good to an ignorant public.

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    Well, WHAT TO SAY !! (politely anyway) the sooner we get out of the EU the better. Uninformed paper pushers in suits

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    We need to keep an eye on this and I fully agree that stricter controls of legally held weapons will have no effect whatsoever on illegal use. BUT lets not put words into the anti's mouths - this does not say semi auto shotguns and rim fires will go, it states "Stricter rules to ban certain semi-automatic firearms". Now I agree that COULD mean all semi auto shot guns and/or rim fires but it could also mean larger calibre semi auto rifles, which are still legal in some member states.

    Tightening up regulation to ensure the wrong people don't get the wrong weapons actually strengthens the case that the right people with the right weapons are properly regulated and not a threat to Joe Public.

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    Tightening up regulation to ensure the wrong people don't get the wrong weapons actually strengthens the case that the right people with the right weapons are properly regulated and not a threat to Joe Public.
    ABSOLUTELY!

    Only my sort of people should be allowed to own guns. And only the type of guns that I use...oh..and Father Christmas is real too..

    Some of us however are old enough to remember 1967, 1988 and 1996. And we've also long been divested of our fantasies...including the one about Father Christmas.

    But never mind. If you really, really, really, do believe, aren't naughty but nice (including with the type of guns you own) it will really, really, really all come true.

    Must go now...need to go outside before it's too dark to see the fairies at the bottom of my garden...

    Now can someone remind us all again how that air gun legislation is getting on up there in the Scottish Borders?
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    I suspect the only chance we have is join the NO campaign and get us out of the insanity that is the European Union.
    Err...No! It was EU Law, that had developed in the early 1990s, that obliged the UK Gov't to have to pay compensation at the 1996 handgun ban that it evaded paying at the 1988 centrefire self loading and pump action rifle ban.

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    Quote Originally Posted by enfieldspares View Post
    Err...No! It was EU Law, that had developed in the early 1990s, that obliged the UK Gov't to have to pay compensation at the 1996 handgun ban that it evaded paying at the 1988 centrefire self loading and pump action rifle ban.
    Ergo compensation for losing your weapons is more important than losing the right to own them? NO to the EU and to back door legislation imho.

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