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!
In these days of information technology words travel quickly and hence it is hardly surprising that many Europeans are well aware that the EU-Commission and you personally are putting pressure upon the European Parliament to concede to your demands regarding the Firearms Directive.
The latter can at first glance only be described as a work of haste since it was presented only a few days after the grusome terrorist acts in Paris. However, people like myself that have been involved in safeguarding law abiding citizens rights regarding firearms for some years are very much aware that the EU-Commission only seized the correct moment in order to implement a political agenda that lacks empirical substance.
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.
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:
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.
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.
The companies which sell semi-automatic firearms to authorised civilians are the same which sell products to our defense.
Europe’s 2.55 million police officers and 820,000 1st responders are facing ISIS terror attacks and threats coupled with the surge in entry of 1.8 million migrants (UN data) with far greater complexity than ever before.
The Western European police forces are ill equipped to counter 21st century terrorists who use cutting edge encrypted communication, conduct remarkable pre-attack intelligence by jihadists who have been trained by ISIS ex-Iraqi military officers on planning and conducting modern day guerrilla warfare, and use modern weapons.
Europol estimates that up to 11,000 European jihadists (5000 in Western Europe and 6000 in Eastern Europe) have returned to Europe after obtaining combat experience on the battlefields of the Middle East.
The European Police Office (EUROPOL) estimates that there are 4 million unregistered illegal firearms in the Balkans, and over 30,000 military-grade weapons from the former Yugoslavia in circulation in Western Europe.
EU lawmakers are meeting on Tuesday (15 November) for another round of backroom talks to curb gun violence and prevent terrorists from acquiring weapons on the black market.
Debates around the European Commission’s EU firearms directive reform, proposed in the aftermath the Paris November terrorist attacks, appears to be advancing as positions converge between the two co-legislatures at the European Parliament and the Council, representing member states.
The latest reform tabled by the EU commission’s internal affairs branch, DG Home, intends to, among other things, restrict the online purchase of weapons, ban certain semi-automatic firearms as well as so-called deactivated guns that can no longer fire bullets.
Michael Benstein, a weapons expert in German Federal Police Office said: Manufacturers design semi-automatic weapons to look less like their military grade counterparts.
Benstein also noted that some hunting rifles use the same technology as the Kalashnikovs that killed dozens of people in Paris this time last year.*
“We would end up banning a whole category of weapons without any real effect,” he said.
FIREARMS UNITED Conference – Dita CHARANZOVÁ MEP – ALDE
I am in the EU business for more than 12 years.
I was hoping that the Commission under the president, Mr. Juncker, will follow the Smart regulation principle. Unfortunately this piece of legislation is not, what I consider of smart regulation.
Every proposal for legislation must be based on a impact assessment study and broad public debate. This was not the case.
I am happy that the European Parliament took on board many concerns – all what you (guest) mentioned. And we are ready to continue to work with you. Because at the end – what I want to achieve – is to have something which makes sense, which is implementable and which can also be enforced in the Member States.
It is very unfortunate that we recieved the data from the Member States and the Commission only recently. And they clearly shows that the concerns that you (guests) raised are fact based.
The conference, due to the huge number of participants and co-organizers, promises to be the most important ever held in Brussels on the subject of gun control, and will be an important occasion to reveal and explain to MEPs the lies on which the European Commission has built its ignoble proposal.
It will also be a point of direct contact between FIREARMS UNITED, the various associations that represent it at the national level (including Comitato Direttiva 477 for Italy) and the political forces that are evaluating and amending the proposal.
Above words have been written by our Italian partner Comitato Direttiva 477 in its official press release: Link
Comitato Direttiva 477, represented by President Giulio Magnani and counselor Gianfederico Rotellini, will attend Firearms United conference on November 16 in Brussels to speak about the criminal amendments proposed to Directive 91/477 / EEC.
Meanwhile the registration is closed for guest, but MEPs and their staff can visit the conference.
So please write an email to your MEP and ask him or her to attend the conference – at least virtually.
Follow live our webstream – translated in nine (!) languages –
on Wednesday 16/11/16*
Alain Alexis (EC) and Vicky Ford (EP) will speak and answer our questions
* As soon as possible we will also publish the link for the archived webstream – in case you missed the live streaming. We will then also publish all PPPs and speeches in our follow-up. So stay tuned and spread the truth.