Police chief Peter Thorsell is well known among Sweden’s firearms owners, and it is about time he gets introduced to the rest of Europe. There are in fact similarities with some parts of the firearms directive and Thorsell’s earlier suggestions and opinions. There’s also a clear connection between the European Commission, the work in GENVAL and Swedish police Peter Thorsell.
When MEP Beatrix von Storch asked the European Commission (COM) to prove the “dangerousness” of legally-held firearms and especially of category B firearms Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska did not answer her question at all. She only gave examples and assumptions and misused massacres as an argument for bans.
How many of the annual 1 000 (or 10 000 over the last decade) firearms-related homicides have been committed using legally held firearms or stolen firearms that previously belonged to legal owners? Please report figures for the last 10 years, broken down by firearms category A, B, C, D, and by Member State.
How many weapons transformed into automatic firearms that had previously been registered as semi-automatic firearms for law-abiding gun owners have been misused in the last 10 years? Please report figures by Member State and by category B1 to B7.
Conservative MEP Christofer Fjellner from Sweden found the right words.
Snippets of his speech:
- Instead of getting to the real problem with illegal guns all of the proposal hits the legal guns and has no impact on terrorists or criminals at all.
- 5-years-licenses, medical exams, hindering distance trade and banning certain semi-automatics won’t stop terrorists but hit hard the law abiding gunowners
- How many crimes could be linked to legally-held firearms? How big is the problem?
- How many firearms were affected by the ban? How many will be banned?
- If Commission cannot answer these both simple question, we should reject proposal.
- You missed the target (illicit trafficking) by miles!
Read more of Commissioner’s speech: FACE: Commissioner Bieńkowska’s 100.000 deaths unfounded
The next MEP – after Christofer Fjellner (SE) – rejects the proposal: Jussi Halla-aho (FI)
Snippets of his speech:
- The large number of ammendments is encouraging as many of them address the most excessive and disproportional details in the proposal. The rapporteur has also generally done a good job.
- We should reject not only the proposed and unjustified ban on semi-automatic sporting rifles that are subcategorized A6 and A7, but also the proposed recategorisation of legal firearms as a whole.
This rejection has already been done by LIBE.
- We also should reject the nearly total ban of category A firearms which would lead to destruction of valuable historical collections. These weapons are not used in crime and are already strictly controlled.
This ban was also rejected by LIBE.
- We should reject mandatory time limits for licenses and medical checks because they only lead to more bureaucrazy and inconveniece without impact on crime.
These were rejected by LIBE.
- I support to reject the whole proposal as it violates all principles of good regulation.
- The Commission tried to took advantage of the tragic event in Paris last November to push through a largely ideological anti-firearm proposal.
This has greatly damaged the image and credibility of the EU.
- The attitude of the Commission in the Committee hearings has been incredible.
It is now up to the Parliament to try and undo that damage.
Commissioner Bieńkowska’s Scandalous Speech
Mrs Elżbieta Bieńkowska ( European Commission ) claimed 100.000 deaths in ten years by legally-held firearms.
FACE’s Press Release
“FACE President Michl Ebner commented: “Commissioner Bieńkowska’s unfounded statement that 100,000 citizens were “murdered” by legal firearms does not contribute to the democratic debate on the revision of the Firearms Directive. The European Commission is adopting an incomprehensibly rigid attitude towards a serious piece of legislation, which is now risking to disproportionately affect legal firearm owners with no predictable outcome on terrorism and criminality”.
Snippets of MEP Richard Sulik’s speech
- The European Commission is trying to restrict people’s personal freedoms.
- No terrorist is going to get a weapon at a normal dealer.
- I thank the rapporteur for her hard work to remove the nonsense from the proposal.
- Ms Bieńkowska suprised me yesterday, when she said, that we don’t need so many weapons. Surely citizen’s freedom should be more important than the Commission’s opinion.
- The ladies and gentlemen sitting in the Commission seem to be acting like gods.
- I would be happiest if the whole directive were to be withdrawn.
Read more of her speech: FACE: Commissioner Bieńkowska’s 100.000 deaths unfounded
FIREARMS UNITED is against the whole “Proposal of the European Parliament and Council amending Council Directive 91/477/EEC on control of the acquisition and possession of weapons (Firearms Directive)”
- no impact assessment;
- not in accordance with REFIT;
- useless rules that do not solve any problem;
- useless rules which only affect legal gunowners while doing nothing about illegal guns;
- useless rules which hurt museums and collectors who never were part of the problem;
- all loopholes (marking, deactivated firearms, alarm weapons) could be handled in guidelines.
Firearm Owners United
This group was designed to unite Australian Law-Abiding Firearm Owners (LAFO’s), and provide a voice for their needs and concerns. It was created in direct response to the hysterical and misinformed voices within Australia calling for further, unwarranted restrictions on the law-abiding shooters of the country. Australia already has some of the highest restrictions unnecessarily placed on its licensed shooters. It certainly doesn’t need anymore. The constant media, shady organisation and occasional political attempts to vilify and further restrict well over a million Australian shooters has worn very thin. It’s time to make a stand, and push back at the latest attempts to further damage our sport and lifestyle.
The Committee JURI votes on 24th May on “Subsidarity of Firearms Directive 91/477/EEC”
The Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) votes on “Proposal for a recommendation on subsidiarity on the proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Directive 91/477/EEC on control of the acquisition and possession of weapons” on 24 May. See point 24 in this link.
Update: Vote has been postponed.
Because most National Parliaments failed to reject the Proposal regarding subsidarity our hope lies now in JURI and the European Parliament.
Only Poland and Sweden made a complaint in time.
Please inform the members of JURI, especially the ones of your own nation about this vote.