The Firearms United network – one of the main voices of oppositions to the EU Gun Ban representing gun owners from all around Europe – interviewed Czech MEP Dita Charanzová, shadow rapporteur for ALDE and herself one of the staunchest opponents to the European Commission’s restrictive proposals
Read the whole article with the interview at Gunsweek ( EN | IT )
Read the whole interview in DE | FI | CZ
FIREARMS UNITED (FU): Mrs. Charanzová, how did you live the entire process as a Shadow Rapporteur?
MEP Dita Charanzová (DC): I must say that in my whole presence and work in Brussels – first as an official for Permanent Representation of the Czech Republic, and later as MEP – I never met a proposal that would be this much politicised, especially as the end of negotiations closed in; and I found that very disappointing.
The Commission exerted enormous amounts of pressure to adopt a text that would contain as severe restrictions as possible, and to adopt it as soon as possible, without being able to give any real reason for these restrictions.
We really do our best to provide you with verifiable and correct information, unfortunately due to a manipulation error we posted something we shouldn’t have. Let us explain what happened. A few weeks ago there was a news article in a Polish newspaper which stated that the website of Firearms United was blocked on the network of the European parliament. So a draft article/translation was made so we could within Firearms United check the claims properly before publishing it. Unfortunately at some point the wrong button was pressed and this got published without us realizing this immediately.
Just to be clear our website is NOT blocked in the European parliament or the European Commission, and thus MEP’s do have full access to the information provided by us.
Rest assured that we do everything possible to provide you with correct information, and therefore we are deeply sorry a mistake happened. We would thus like to apologize for any misunderstandings.
Your team of Firearms United
Stereotypes – they are nice and they save time – its easy to label people, especially in media these days.
Gone are the days when news agencies reported only facts – if they ever did. And in media these days you are pretty much always labeled guilty – whether your are guilty or not. And if you are not – nobody bothers to “correct” the news afterwards.
We have a nice example of “investigative journalism” for you today:
In Spain the local police (in cooperation with EUROPOL – just about week before IMCO vote) seized huge number of what they call “illegal firearms”.
Press release  was later issued by the Spanish authorities:
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.
We received a huge amount of requests for this and are happy to report: The first FU merchandise campaign is in full swing as of 02 January 2017! You can find our online store at www.iamthegunlobby.eu. We have t-shirts, velcro patches, caps, shopping bags and car stickers available.
All products are available either with the Firearms United logo or the beloved #IAMTHEGUNLOBBY design. In addition, we also have some all-new designs available.
IMPORTANT: This is a campaign. As such we don’t have any items in stock but will produce to order. The store is open until 31 January 2017, ordered items will be shipped around mid to late February 2017.
All proceeds from this campaign will of course go 100% towards Firearms United’s struggle for your rights!
Happy shopping! 😉
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Second conference on the impact of the EU Firearms Directive revision – Grand Hotel Excelsior, Floriana, Malta on Saturday 7th January at 2:00pm
The conference is being organised by AACTS and AMACS in collaboration with FIREARMS UNITED. Speakers from the three organisations, FESAC, FACE and IPSC as well as the Minister for Home Affairs of Malta will report on progress in the fight against the contentious EU Commission proposal that punishes legal firearm owners rather than tackling illicit trafficking of arms. The keynote speaker is the Minister for Home Affairs of Malta, which country will hold the next Presidency of the Council of the EU from January to July 2017.
Read more and register here: https://conference.firearms-united.com/
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
Our new media partners at GUNSweek.com wrote an extremely detailed article containing all you need to know about our new “Call to Action!”
Read, execute, and spread!
Commission’s reaction to our Firearms Directive Conference
On the same day of the conference, the Commission had released an official statement regarding its position concerning certain types of firearms; and on November 23, while speaking at the French Assemblée Nationale, the new European Commissioner for the Security Union Julian King said:
We are stuck on this text at the European Parliament, which position comes to keep in the hands of civilians dangerous automatic and semi-automatic firearms. We need your help in order to convince your colleagues at the EP [to get them banned].
Pressure by Commission/Council and Updates on Trilogue
On November 24th, the Firearms United network received classified and very reliable intelligence according to which the European Commission would be exerting an unprecedented amount of pressure on the European Parliament to reach an end to the trilogue before the end of the year; and such an agreement would be on the Council’s position.
Given how many of the biggest member States agree on many points – with the governments of Germany, France and Italy being among the main sponsors of what is now in-famously known as the “EU gun ban” – the European Parliament may indeed be forced to capitulate.
Vicky Ford will present an update on Trilogues and Events at the IMCO committee next Tuesday, November 29, 2016. (you may follow by webstream at 11:15 – 12:30)
PLEASE SHARE AND ACT: EU COMMISSION WILL ENABLE ORIGINAL EUGUNBAN PROPOSAL
Perhaps it is due to our facts which we presented last Wednesday in Brussels and which were not spread by media at all – even when we made a paid press release. It seems no journalist or online magazin forwarded this information, even when it got 1 million views.
We came to know that Commission and the Ministries of the Interior of FR, DE and IT are pressuring Parliament to accept their ban proposal by the end of this year.
They want to ban magazines and semi-automatic rifles: Read more
Please support your MEPs that they do not give in to this pressure.
INFOMATERIAL & ADDRESSES:
Zip-file in English: Link or arguments only
Zip-file in German: Link oder nur die Argumente
XLS with emails: Link
Under the links above, we have prepared for you a help for arguments, a list of emails of the MEPs and a draft for serial emails in word.