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About proposed change of Czech Constitutional law

Since there’s much misunderstanding, especially in foreign media, about meaning and purpose of recently proposed change of our Constitutional law to introduce citizens’ right to acquire, possess and carry firearms, I feel appropriate to correct these misinterpretations.

LEX answers the following questions:

  • Is it a “terrorist hunting permit”?
  • Is it a proposal for unlimited possession and carrying of firearms?
  • Are Czechs going to substitute their armed forces with armed citizens?
  • Do Czech people want to establish private armies?

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Malta Firearms Conference – Sending the Message!

The Conference organized by FESAC, AACTS, AMACS and Firearms United in Malta has attracted media attention – in addition to hall full of firearms enthusiasts and foreign guests from many organizations in Europe!

Nothing in the directive is yet settled, and even the trilogue is still formally ongoing before the parliament approves the current “compromise”. Malta is in key position, because they are taking over EU presidency for the next six months and one of the more challenging areas is the new firearms directive proposal, so the conference was an excellent event, where the message from the shooters was sent to the authorities – loud and clear.

The Maltese organizations spared no effort or expense setting up the conference on saturday, and as you can see from the pictures, they had even organized an exhibit where they showed priceless historical artifacts that were originally sentenced to be destroyed by the commission.

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Intense lobbying by FIREARMS UNITED?

EU Observer publishes the most biased article about the EU Gunban that we have read in the last week: EU reaches deal on contested gun laws by  (20/12/2016)

You are invited to read our point-by-point reply to this diatribe:

Much of the debate has been overshadowed by intense lobbying from pro-gun groups. They argue that current rules are good enough and that the problem is that some EU states are not applying them.

Pro-gun groups get not paid by the “gun lobby”. They work unsalaried for their own interest.

The choice of words is purposely intended to project us a “sinister and wealthy gun lobby” with the financial power to influence law makers. In realty FIREARMS UNITED and its partners are non-profit making organisations and their administrators are volunteers who contribute their time and energy to campaign for the interests of their members. This process is a vital process in a democracy:  

Lobbying is an integral part of a healthy democracy, closely related to universal values such as freedom of speech and the right to petition of government. It allows for various interest groups to present their views on public decisions that may come to affect them. It also has the potential to enhance the quality of decision-making by providing channels for the input of expertise on increasingly technical issues to legislators and decisionmakers.”  (Burson Marsteller, A Guide to Effective Lobbying in Europe: The View of Policymakers, 2013).

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Trilogue ends on the EU Gun Ban

From our partner GUNSWEEK.com by Pierangelo Tendas – 21.12.2016

  • Press release of the European Commission
  • European Parliament and “aggressive gun lobby” watered down the proposal
  • Update 25.01.2017: Trilogue’s outcome now published: LINK 
  • Next steps by EU in February and March
  • Letter of FIREARMS UNITED to Frans Timmermans, First Vice President of COM
  • Next steps by FIREARMS UNITED

A press release of the European Commission announced the end of the trilogue concerning the amendment proposal to the European firearms directive – now infamously known as the “EU Gun Ban”

The final outcome of the dossier will be decided at the European Parliament in February and March

The final outcome of the dossier will be decided at the European Parliament in February and March

With a press release launched yesterday, December 20th, the European Commission announced the conclusion of the trilogue concerning the amendment proposals to the European firearms directive – a dossier now infamously known, and aptly so, as the EU Gun Ban.

First introduced by the European Commission in November 2015, after the bloody terror attacks in Paris, the dossier originally included draconian restrictions aimed at law-abiding, legal gun owners, which included a full ban on high capacity fixed or detachable magazines for all firearms, a total ban on private ownership of modern hunting and sporting guns aesthetically and only partially technically patterned after modern military firearms, and many more.

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FINANCIAL STATUS

Thanks to all our supporters!

Since 7th June 2016 we recieved more than 100.000 €.

From this total we already paid expenses of 23.487,61 € for travel costs, press releases, advertisments and letters, as well as for paypal fees of 1.616.73 €. The balance of 15.12.2016 was 81.835,13 €,

We still have to pay for outstanding expenses of the Firearms Directive Conference in November and some other expenses.

The “Founding Fathers (and Mother)” decided together with the whole working team to spend during the next three months huge sums for professional help, national conferences, TV, advertisements et all to get our topic and our concerns into the public and to the people in power. We also work on complains and lawsuits in our backrooms.

Those who know advertising’s cost can verify that 80.000 € is not enough for our plans.

So we ask YOU to share our memes in all your social media networks.

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Letter by Vicky Ford to Member of Parliaments

We recieved today the information, that Vicky Ford has sent a letter to MEPs. We copied this letter from here and asked our sources for verification. It is confirmed that rapporteur Vicky Ford wrote the letter. She tweeted that she is moving towards an agreement that is close to the Parliament position, which however would move IPSC guns to Cat. A

Only Dita Charanzova (ALDE) is not enthusiastic.

We do not approve, neither:

Here the letter

Dear Colleagues,

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EUROPEAN COMMISSION: BLACKMAILING THE PARLIAMENT, ENDANGERING CITIZENS

As untransparent trialogue proceeds and European Commission is demanding more and more restriction, it uses more and more pressuring rhetorics. According to them, the Parliament should “get out of its blockade mentality” and “not compromise on security of citizens”. Of course, anyone who knows more that what the Commission says knows that it is the Commission who uses this mess for its political purposes, and moreover, that it’s the Commission who is responsible for endangering citizens for many years.

TWO KIND OF MEASURES

There are two kind of measures, packed together as one deal – which is exactly what Commission wants.

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An addendum to to POLITICO article

We thank POLITICO magazine to include link to our pages in its article, thereby allowing us to address their readers. It is a great example of free press.

Commission threatens to derail gun law deal

Gun lobby accuses the Commission of being ‘totalitarian.’

(If you don’t want to read whole article, just go to the last sentence, please: Link.)

At first, we must agree with Mr. King in his claim that “The single market was not built for the free circulation of Kalashnikovs.” That’s true. And that’s why KALASHNIKOVS ARE ALREADY BANNED FOR 25 YEARS, along with all other machine guns. We wonder that the Commission does not know that, since it was them who wrote it into the law.

We also note that one of mandatory steps in legislative process is to prepare impact assessment, an expert study that gives Council and Parliament information about problem and about consequences of proposed changes. It is duty of the Commission to prepare this study. However, Commission didn’t present any impact assessment in this case. Instead, they use political pressure on both legislative bodies to accept COM proposal without impact assessment.

It must be also noted that current Firearms Directive from year 2008 assigns the Commission duty to issue common rules for deactivation of firearms, which would prevent illegal reactivation, and to overlook following of these rules. However, the Commission didn’t fullfill this legaly binding duty until Nov. 18. 2015 – four days after Paris terror attacks. In those seven years, hundreds, perhaps thousands of people were killed by poorly deactivated and illegally reactivated firearms.

The Commission loves to call us “aggressive gun lobby”. Bad smell of that word helps them to smear us. In reality, we are just ordinary citizens, who united and organised to defend our rights against bureaucratic colossus of the Commission. We fight it in our free time and on our own hard-earned dime. Compare us with the Commission: if anybody of us would neglect his legal duties for seven years, and caused hundreds of innocent dead during that time, he would never get out of prison. And by the way, the Commission wants to avoid this situation in the future – in current negotiations about Firearms Directive, they simply refuse to have any duties from the Directive.

We ask you to stand with us against this shameless bureaucracy. We are not an evil lobby; we are citizens like you, whom the Commission picked up as easy target, which they could punish for their own failures.

 

We don’t give up the fight to keep our firearms!

We’ll go to step TWO!

Pay for professional help as well as lobbying in national governments for our rights.

We’ve updated our donation page with the new balance and the list of expenses:

Expenses : -13.093,56 €

Balance : 68.392,05

More expenses will have to be paid for:

  • FIREARMS UNITED Conference catering and webstream, more flights expenses for speakers
  • professional Press Release (Follow-up)
  • second letter to MEPs
  • support of national conferences
  • more flights to Brussels or other capitals
  • engagement of professional lobbyist and media agency

Now we need YOUR help!

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Impact Assessment – Delivered!

Impact Assessment is sent by letter post to all MEPs

Because of the “urgency of the situation”, the commission decided to – against all principles of good administration – to skip an essential part of the process called impact assessment.

It is just what it sounds like – a study on how the proposed directive will impact various stakeholders like hunters, reservists, sport shooters, recreational shooters, firearms collectors to name a few. Despite requests of the MEPs and rapporteurs, commission has failed – to this date – deliver a proper impact assessment to justify the directive proposal.

I think we all know why.

One of the reasons of the conference was to provide a voice to all shooting enthusiasts and an opportunity for each stakeholder group to voice their opinion on the directive. One could characterize it as a live version of the impact assessment.

After the conference, everything was put together by Firearms United team of volunteers and now we have two versions:

The short version of our impact assessment: http://bit.ly/2fIAFru

The full version of our impact assessment: http://bit.ly/2fzOESO

Our letter to the MEPs

Thanks to efforts of the volunteers, there was also a hard copy of the shorter version printed out and mailed to each of the MEPs with this letter: Continue reading