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FIREARMS UNITED’s Answers to EU

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On our BACKGROUND page we list all interesting informations and arguments against the EU gunban. Feel free to read our reports and answers and use the arguments when you write to or call your politician or talk to a journalist.

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The Czech Have Challenged the Faulty Firearms Directive in Court!

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This just in: Czech Republic Legal Action confirmed!

Now it is official – The misguided firearms directive will be challenged in the ECJ (European Court of Justice) [1]

The Czech ministry of Interior has filed a suit 9th of August to prevent the implementation of the EU Firearms Directive, which would help the national authorities of the Member States to not implement the already faulty directive on national level.

The Czech are requesting both suspension of national implementation for the duration of the legal action (which might take months, best case years) and complete dismissal of the firearms directive.

According to Czech Interior Minister Milan Chovanec “Such a massive punishment of decent arms holders is unacceptable, because banning legally-held weapons has no connection with the fight against terrorism. This is not only a nonsensical decision once again undermining people’s trust in the EU, but implementing the directive could also have a negative impact on the internal security of the Czech Republic, because a large number of weapons could move to the black market.”

Firearms United completely and totally agrees with the statement above.

The Czech Republic quotes a total of four grounds for repeal of the Directive: [2]

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Swedish Minister of Interior was fired yesterday – and You should be happy about it!

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Swedish Minister of Interior Anders Ygeman [1] was fired yesterday – and You should be happy about it!

But why should you care?

Well, mr Ygeman has been rabid anti-gunner and has used his favourite phrase “We must consider public safety!” to hammer law abiding citizens with further restrictions on legal gun ownership and has alledgedly worked hard to hammer through further restrictions from EU level down to the member states.

Actually “We must consider public safety!” were the Anders Ygeman’s famous words as he allowed the civil servants Lars Hänninger and Peter Thorsell, two now well known individuals in the gun community, ignore the mandate given to them by the Swedish Parliament in the negotiations in GENVAL regarding the EU’s Firearms Directive and opted for even harder restrictions for law abiding citizens.

Luckily for us, these words took another meaning when the scandal regarding the Swedish Transport Agency was unveiled. Even though Minister of Interior Ygeman had knowledge about the potentially biggest security breech in Swedish history he failed to inform the Prime minister about it, triggering a major political crisis as the political opposition announced that they would file a vote of non-confidence.

This resulted the political downfall of Mr Ygeman as he was fired from his position as Minister of Interior by Prime minister Stefan Löfvén, much to the rejoicement of law abiding Swedish gun owners.

As we all know, according to statistics, the more firearms there are in circulation in the hands of the law abiding citizens, the more safe the society is and the less crime there is. However, this must have been the wrong kind of “public safety” for mr Ygeman.

Now, get a bottle of champagne (or your favourite beverage) and raise a toast to the downfall of Mr Ygeman.

Raise your class to the public safety!

PS – According to the news he will still receive 1,5 million Swedish crowns as a severance package, and a seat in the next cabinet, should his party win the election.

Featured Picture: Wikipedia

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anders_Ygeman

[2] http://www.expressen.se/dinapengar/miljonregn-over-ministrar-som-lamnar-lofvens-regering/

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Firearms United is going to Supreme Court – In Sweden!

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The Swedish authorities have been very active when it comes to making life hard for citizens practising IPSC-shooting or other dynamic shooting disciplines that require semiautomatic modern sporting rifles. [1][2]

Several Swedish authorities have been running a campaign for quite some time to ban and restrict the ownership of semiautomatic firearms and for example the previous EU Gunban of 2013 [3] was orchestrated and driven by Swedish Commisioner Cecilia Malmström, supported by shady authorities making up the rules and ”facts” on the fly. Firerams United was originally founded to counter this outrageous and unjustified attack on civil liberties.

We have also heard that Swedish authorities have already denied at least three permits for sport shooters on grounds of the EU Firearms directive – which had not been even finished at the time, let alone in effect.

One common practice is also the misuse of tax payers funds by taking things to court – most of the time the sport shooters win the case and get their permits, and case is conveniently forgotten, but when authorities win a case, it comes a precedent which is used by the authorities to deny permits in the future. [1]

When the latest round of firearms directive was discussed, Sweden sent their best experts in banning firearms to offer their ideologically coloured expertise and push for a stricter firearms directive. In other words, their agenda is now pushed over the Swedish borders and we have had enough of this now.

Firearms United is supporting financially the Swedish shooters to take things to supreme court and put an end to this nonsense.

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Czech to approve “2nd Amendment” as a first Country in Europe?

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The campaign of the Czech is moving forward.

In the Czech Republic the Czech Parliament was discussing before a final vote about constitutional right to keep and bear arms on Wednesday.

The experts expected a that the result would be too close to call, but fortunately the proposal was passed with rather clear numbers:

139 Yes,

9 No,

20 empty.

The change in legislation required 120 votes, so the proposal was passed with 19 votes to spare. [1] Next step is to get the proposal through the senate, but the odds are stacked considerably better to favour civil liberties than in the parliament.

This proposal and the potential impacts of the EU firearms directive were discussed extensively in a conference organized in the Cevro Institute in Prague by LEX (Czech office of the Firearms United), where the best experts were present to answer the questions of the concerned Czech citizens. [2]

What does all this mean then?

The EU law overrides the constitution of a member state when there is conflict between European law and the law of Member States, European law prevails; the norms of national law have to be set aside. According to EU at least. Many of the member states do not see this as black-and-white as the EU, and reserve the right to interpret legislation when there is a conflict. However, we have observed during a last year and half that passing an EU directive gets that much more complicated when it is in violation of the national law. For example many member states (France excluded!) have constitution that reserves a right a right to have private property, and seizing it without compensation gets really challenging legally – as it should, because it would be called theft if anyone but the government would be doing it.

This means that due to the campaign by the Czech, come the next review of the firearms directive, scheduled 5 years from now, the European commission has one more hurdle to overcome before confiscating your private property without compensation.

The campaign for the RKBA in Czech is a shining example on how the national legislation and civil liberties can be enhanced when the officials and the firearms enthusiasts who are subject matter experts work together.

Stay tuned!

[1] https://www.novinky.cz/domaci/442097-lide-budou-mit-pravo-pouzit-zbran-k-obrane-statu-rozhodla-snemovna.html

[2] http://cevroinstitut.cz/en/action/czech-republic-as-a-central-european-texas/

 

Hands off Swiss firearms law

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The “Hands off Swiss firearms law” initiative is a privately funded and organized movement. Founded in mid-2016 by Patrick Jauch, it pursues its goal to inform all stakeholders about the consequences of the Schengen related adoption of the EU Firearms Directive in an unbiased, independent fashion – and to form a strong and united opposition to it. “Hands of Swiss firearms law” managed to reach nationwide awareness across Switzerland through its strong presence, clear statements and high quality publications.

Link: https://www.finger-weg-vom-schweizer-waffenrecht.ch/

National Implementation – what now?

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Now that the firearms directive has passed through the council (25th of April, 2017) what is race to the national implementation.

The hard lobbying work done by Firearms United, and its associates, and the information and feedback that you have sent and mailed to your MEPs resulted in numerous exceptions, which are left up to national authorities (and stakeholders) to implement.

The exception for military reserve, for example provides local authorities pretty much free hands to ensure that whatever kind of firearms are available to whatever the local authorities define to be military reserve. This could (theoretically) mean anything from free machine guns to everybody and their mother to for example some locally define group of reservists being exempt from magazine restrictions – and of course this exception only works in countries where one actually has a military reserve.

The exception that can be used more widely is the sport shooters exception – which has also some wiggle-room. For example, how do the local authorities define a sport which needs a normal capacity magazine, thus ensuring a sportshooter being exempt from magazine restrictions? Is it just for the lucky individuals involved in the IPSC who are exempt? Or is it everyone, who has a gun permit issued for sportshooting, so that sport shooter can practice multiple different disciplines?

This means in practice that it is very important to ensure that the sport exception applies for as large group of people as possible. And this is something that you can help with. In many countries stakeholders (sport shooting clubs for example) are consulted regarding the implementation before the law is passed.

It means that you and your club should be really active, check the local translation of the firearms directive in case of any translation mishaps and then be really active when stakeholders are consulted to ensure that as wide group of firearms enthusiasts are covered by the exceptions.

 

Attentato di Stoccolma: non questione di “se”, ma di “quando”

La tragedia di Stoccolma è un avvertimento: la vecchia Svezia non esiste più. Quest’attacco alla società svedese non era una questione di “se”, ma di “quando”.

Da tempo la Svezia si era guadagnata un posto tra i bersagli del terrorismo islamico: a Natale del 2010 il militante islamico Taimour Abdulwahab – abitante a Tranås ma radicalizzatosi a Luton, nel Regno Unito, un terreno di coltura ormai famoso per gli estremisti islamici – si è fatto esplodere al centro di Stoccolma tra la gente che faceva le compere natalizie. Tuttavia, Abdulwahab uccise solo se’ stesso, ed è forse stata la mancanza di altre vittime che ha consentito alla Svezia di continuare a tenere un atteggiamento tollerante nei confronti delle interpretazioni radicali dell’Islam. La paura di essere etichettati come “razzisti” e “islamofobici” è reale, e condiziona pesantemente la vita pubblica quotidiana degli svedesi.

L’attacco terroristico dell’8 aprile non ha visto l’uso di strumenti o materiali disponibili solo sul mercato nero o utilizzabili solo dopo aver acquisito conoscenze speciali; l’attentatore ha usato un TIR rubato, come l’attentatore di Nizza (sul TIR era presente un ordigno artigianale, che tuttavia fortunatamente non è esploso). Ancora una volta abbiamo avuto la dimostrazione di come le politiche ideologiche e le loro soluzioni facili non sono in grado di affrontare l’odio che i terroristi ispirati dall’ideologia politica e religiosa nutrono nei confronti delle nostre società aperte.

Ironicamente, lo stesso giorno dell’attentato portato avanti a Stoccolma con un camion rubato, il Partito Moderato ha dato il via al governo a guida socialista per votare “si”, in sede di Consiglio dell’Unione Europea, alla modifica della direttiva europea sulle armi come uscita il mese scorso dall’Europarlamento. Tutti gli altri partiti liberali e conservatori si sono opposti, ma apparentemente per il Partito Moderato le buone relazioni con Bruxelles sono più importanti delle libertà individuali e dei diritti civili degli svedesi, e un ottimo motivo per accodarsi a socialisti e verdi.

Protezione

Ma come si può proteggere una società contro i terroristi che, in nome di un credo religioso, guidano camion a tutta velocità sulle strade pedonali con l’intento di uccidere quanti più innocenti possibile?

La risposta è semplice: non si può, e di certo non ci si riesce tramite soluzioni ideologiche che vanno a colpire solo i cittadini onesti. Le migliori speranze di combattere efficacemente il terrorismo sono riposte nell’Intelligence, nel controllo delle frontiere, nel miglioramento delle condizioni sociali in alcune aree tendendi a diventare terreno di coltura per il radicalismo, e una revisione del sistema legale, con particolar riguardo alla definizione delle attività sovversive ed eversive.

Serve una discussione

La società svedese – e con essa le società di tutti i Paesi dell’Europa occidentale – deve intavolare una discussione su quale sia il confine tra la libertà di religione e di parola e attività da considerarsi criminali come, ad esempio, la propaganda di stampo salafita. Cosa costituisce “eversione”? Mettersi al servizio di un’organizzazione terroristica anche “soltanto” per finanziarla o per reclutare adepti dev’essere considerato terrorismo tout court. Le attività sovversive e l’organizzazione di milizie sono illegali in Svezia – così come in tutti i Paesi UE – eppure nel Paese nordico e in molti altri Stati Membri dell’Unione si è sviluppato al riguardo un livello monumentale di tolleranza: recentemente due uomini arrestati per aver portato avanti attività di finanziamento e reclutamento per l’ISIS sono stati accusati solo di frode, non di terrorismo, perché i magistrati svedesi hanno voluto dare maggiore importanza alla libertà d’organizzazione anche in un caso come questo.

http://www.na.se/blaljus/terrormisstankta-mannen-fran-vivalla-ska-atalas-for-bedrageri-det-ar-ett-misslyckande

È necessario intavolare una discussione al riguardo, alla luce dell’attentato di Stoccolma, ma non sarà facile in un clima politico in cui qualsiasi forma di critica all’Islam viene etichettato come “rimestare nel torbido”. Il paradigma politico deve cambiare, in Svezia come in molti altri Stati europei, se non vogliamo che il terrorismo riempia ancora le nostre strade di morti innocenti.

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The EU Gun Ban is approved without amendments

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Our partner GUNSweek summed up the outcome: Just as the European gun owners community feared, the modifications to the European firearms directive were approved without amendments – a slap in the face of the so-called European democracy and to the civil rights of millions of gun owners Europe-wide

The European Parliament ultimately failed the citizens of the Union by not attempting to amend the text further in order to remove serious pitfalls that may come to haunt law-abiding gun owners in the future; it also failed the citizens of Europe by choosing political exigency over civil liberties and not being bold enough to consign this legislative mess to the rubbish bin where it belongs.

However the biggest loser in this entire process has been the EU itself and its credibility with millions of honest citizens like you who will neither forget nor forgive it for the way it has treated them.

With its vote, the European Parliament decided that democracy and justice in Europe do not exist, and that not all European citizens are created equal. Terrorists and criminals are thankful.

For the first time in its history, Europe has its own unitary gun rights advocacy group (FIREARMS UNITED) – an entity that has been fighting against the EU gun ban ever since it was first proposed back in November 2015.

This was theirs first fight, but they succeeded in watering down the proposal significantly, fighting with very little money, experience, and connections within the European institutions.

You can be sure that FIREARMS UNITED will follow up the process of implementing the guideline into national laws and prevent further pitfalls. We already stopped an attempt in Hungary to forbid semiautomatic rifles which could hold bigger magazines.

You can read the details what is behind the new categories A6 to A8 in English and Italian, if you click on the buttom “FOCUS ON:WHAT NOW”

GUNSweek wrote here:

European Commission has lost its crazed bid to destroy historical firearms in museums and private collections. It lost all this in spite of slandering honest citizens, lying consistently and presenting false statistical data.

There will be no total ban and mass confiscation of “Category B7” modern sporting firearms, both working and deactivated

There will be no total ban and mass confiscation of firearms that can accept magazines over 10 rounds in capacity

There will be no total ban and mass confiscation or mandatory deactivation of historical and modern automatic firearms kept by museums or by private collectors for cultural and research purposes

There will be no total ban of all realistic imitations of automatic firearms

There will be no mandatory medical and psychological tests for gun owners

Read more in EN | IT | DE

 

#EUGunban: Outcome Of The Vote

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Yesterday the European Parliament meeting in Plenary in Strasbourg voted on the Provisional Agreement reached in December following the Trilogues. The rejection of the Commission Proposal as well as the amendments proposed to improve the text failed to make it due to the first two votes:

AM 109 (ENF) & AM 123 (EFDD): Rejection of the Commission proposal
For: 123
Against: 562
Abstentions: 14

AM 107 (Committee): Approval of Provisional Agreement
For: 491
Against: 178
Abstentions: 28

30% of all the MEPs present for the vote did not approve the Provisional Agreement. This is a significant amount.

The Commission lost its bid to confiscate your legal property and destroy your passion for sport shooting, hunting, collecting and other legitimate activities in which you use your firearms. It lost its crazed bid to destroy historical firearms in museums and private collections. It lost all this in spite of breaking its own rules, slandering innocent citizens, lying consistently and presenting false statistical data.

The Commission lost because people like you came together to defend our common ideals and interests and supported us in every way possible in our efforts to gain the support of sensible MEPs. We reciprocated your support by carrying out all our work voluntarily in order to make the most of our limited resources. We are eternally grateful to you as we are to those MEPs who worked just as hard as we did to bring about this victory against all odds.

Nevertheless Parliament ultimately failed you by not attempting to amend the text further in order to remove serious pitfalls that will come to haunt us in the future. It also failed you by not being bold enough to consign this legislative mess to the rubbish bin where it belongs. It failed you by choosing political exigency over your civil liberties.

However the biggest loser in this entire process has been the EU itself and its credibility with millions of honest citizens like you who will neither forget nor forgive it for the way it has treated them.

Read more and watch the press conference in 8 languages:

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The Voting Day is approaching!

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Situation update:

As we have indicated earlier the European Parliament will vote on the firearms directive on 14th of March.

Firearms United staff has worked overtime to provide you with the summary of the current situation:

The voting will work with the following principle if it follows the standard protocol: First there is a majority vote on whether the current compromise (with all the magazine restrictions etc) is approved or not, and if not, then the voting will proceed with the proposed amendments, which there are 166 (!!!)

You can find all the amendments from here:
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/plenary/en/report-details.html?reference=A8-0251-2016

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