IMCO Vote on 26/01/2017

Tomorrow between 10:00 and 12:30 the comittee IMCO will vote on the compromise of the trilogue. We assume there will be a short debate before the vote  – as usual.

You can download the paper (only in English) here: Click

Again – as in summer 2016 – the Member of IMCO have only an English text to vote on. Again – as in summer 2016 – the paper has been published only some days (20/01/17) before the vote. And we assume – as in summer2016 – the majority will agree to the compromise.

You can see more here: Link to IMCO

You may follow the vote on webstream: LINK

FIREARMS UNITED worked on the compromise the last weeks, visited MEPs in Brussels and our staff is in contacts with several MEPs by email and telephone.

We concentrate our work on these six points:

  1. Collectors, museum & firearms of interest
  2. Loading devices & re-categorization of semi-automatic rifles
  3. Long firearms with folding or removable stocks
  4. Automatic firearms converted to semi-automatic
  5. The Sport Shooters’ exemption & Firearms Pass
  6. Retaining category “D” for 3 groups of firearms

Of course there is no evidence at all to amend the directive. Of course the only rational decision should be rejection of the proposal as well as of the compromise. But as Vicky Ford and Jussi Halla-Aho stated on our conference in November: there is no majority for rejection, most politicians are not interested in this subject and want “to do something against terrorism”. As most politicians do not own guns and don’t know gun owners it is easy for them to ban things they do not “need”.

FIREARMS UNITED will do its very best to change the point of view of the uninterested politicians with facts. “To do something” against legal gun owners is not the best solution in the combat against illicit trafficking of firearms and against terrorism and crime.

You may support our fight by calling the local offices of your MEPs by phone. You can use our impact assessment for arguments. We sent the short version by letter to all MEPs in November.

Be polite! We are not the “aggressive gunlobby” but law abiding citizens who will vote.

Guilty – until proven innocent?

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 [1] was later issued by the Spanish authorities:

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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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Firearms Directive Conference – Webstream 7.01.2017

The conference will discuss how the Commission’s misguided proposal, which was presented in a most irregular manner, would lead to a serious impact on legal firearm owners and users, as well as on national authorities’ resources, while hardly having any effect against the use of illegal weapons by criminals and terrorists. Participants will be informed of the latest developments following the trilogue meetings between the Commission, the Council and Parliament.

Webstream of the conference: Youtube

More informations: Firearms Directive Conference

#IAMTHEGUNLOBBY ONLINE STORE NOW OPEN

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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An open letter to Monsieur Jean-Claude Juncker

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.

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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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07/01/2016 – Firearms Directive Conference in Malta

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/

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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