The EU-decision making process is a complex one. Firearms United has been following the EU legislation process up close and personal since the day ill-conceived proposal from the commission saw the light of day, and based on what we have seen, Otto von Bismarck was right when he (allegedly) said: “Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made.“
The “Trilogue” is still ongoing and we are now in the phase called: “First Reading”
That is where in a nutshell The European Parliament examines the Commission’s proposal and may:
- adopt it or
- introduce amendments to it
After that the Council may:
- decide to accept the Parliament’s position: in such a case the legislative act is adopted
- amend the Parliament’s position: the proposal is returned to the Parliament for a second reading
What ACTUALLY really happened so far was that in council France, Germany, Italy and Spain did some shady dealing in backstage and sent a veiled threat in the letter and thus heavily dictated the Council position to which some improvements were pushed in by some countries (FI, CZ, etc).
During that time, the parliament examined the proposal, noticed that it was “unworkable” (We have to agree with the rapporteurs on this one!). Some 900 or so amendmends were made, some voted in – some left out – but in the end we had parliament position. In the trilogue meetings during autumn, a compromise – which we described and published earlier – was reached.
This brings us to present day – The key parts of the proposal are still unfinished (the ones that got this mess started in the first place – deactivation rules) and the parliament is due to vote on the proposal in March – over month before the new deactivation rule proposal is even returning from comments round.
Now two things may happen – either proposal is approved or amended, which brings us to
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
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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As you might be aware, the European Parliament is not the only EU institution where the fate of legitimate firearm owners is being decided in the wake of the unelected and increasingly autocratic EU Commission’s unjustified attack against our well-regulated community.
The other is the European Council, currently presided by the Netherlands, where the governments of all Member States are represented.
There are three levels within Council that are dealing with the revision of the Firearms Directive: