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Impact Assessment – Delivered!

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

#EUgunban – Background Information for our “Call to Action!”

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

Sir Julian KingOn 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)

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New attempt from the EU commission to ban specifically AK47 and AR15 families of Firearms

The cat is out of the bag now…

New attempt (16.11.2016!) by the EU commission to ban specifically:

  • Civilian firearms of “AR 15 family”, also derivates
  • Civilian firearms of “AK47 family”, also derivates
  • ALL detachable magazines above 10 rounds (also for handguns, repeating-firearms, rimfires etc.)
  • Strong regulation of magazines and semi-automatic firearms
  • Stricest evaluation of exemptions
  • Immediate decision on bans, since “EU citizens” demand more protection!

Sourced from EU commission document, 16. November 2016, published on Website of Austrian Parliament: Link

This article is avaiable in six languages:

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Julian King

FIREARMS UNITED agrees with Commissioner King’s aim – but not with his way!

King wants an agreement that would restrict the circulation of fully automatic and converted semi-automatic weapons in such a way that safeguards their legitimate use. FIREARMS UNITED agrees with this aim – the safeguard of legitimate use, that is.

King believes that the European Commission, Council and Parliament can come out with effective control measures against criminal misuse of firearms. We don’t think that any possible compromise between their current positions could have any effect on illegally held firearms. It would, instead, have a huge negative impact on legally held firearms, their owners and the civilian firearms industry that supports more than 580,000 jobs in small and medium enterprises.

MEP Jussi Halla-Aho, co-chair of our Firearms Directive Conference, asked the right questions in LIBE committee to Sir Julian King, the new Commissioner for Security Union

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Conference 16/11/16 starts 30 minutes earlier

Due to MEP’s working schedules we start now at 14:00

Catering starts at 13:30 in room PHS 1A002

Accreditation

Left from the main entrance in the Visitors Center (separate entrance) between 12.30 and 12.45 APS Altiero Spinelli Building, European Parliament, Rue Wiertz 60, 1047 Brussels.

There, guests receive their stickers. Then the group has to go to the main entrance, where security will check identity card, then through the security control. The group is accompanied by MEP’s employees and led to the conference hall.

Register today here: Link

Semiautomatic still threatened

Wednesday 19 of October the Swedish IPSC Association had arranged a meeting with Anna Maria Corazza Bildt, MEP and shadow rapporteur for IMCO in the Trialogue around the Firearms Directive and FIREARMS UNITED has received first hand information about the meeting.

image3Anna Maria Corazza Bildt first received a demonstration of the sport. European Champion IPSC Handgun, Stefan Ekstedt and Swedish Champion IPSC Rifle, demonstrated their respective discipline. Then Anna Maria had the opportunity to try herself.

She did try both handgun and the rifle, but chose to only shoot with the handgun. She was genuinely interested in the demonstration and asked a lot of questions.

image5After the hands-on demonstration, there was a good discussion based on understanding the sport, updating the sport shooters on the process and discussing the consequences of the different decisions for the sport.

Mrs Corazza Bildt informed the participants at the meeting that the Parliament has successfully negotiated regarding the regulations for distance sales and EU firearms passport and that they are keen on negotiating away the requirement for medical checks (which the Council wants to keep).

The sport shooters had the possibility to make suggestions about the choice of words in the directive, and the MEP took notes. For instance that the sport shooters can only have an exception if they are actively competing (here she will pursue that one can be active in the club without competition being compulsory) and also that the exeption for sports shooters will binding for the Member States and not leave it open (she noted the use of “member states shall give exception” instead of “may give exception”).

The major stumbling block is the issue of moving semiautomatic firearms from category B to category A, in other words prohibited for civilian possession.

image4The wording refers to the semiautomatic firearms which have the capacity to fire more than 21 shots must be placed in category A. All sports shooters around the table realized immediately that this means a move for ALL semiautomatic regardless of which magazine is used, because all semiautomatic have the capacity to fire more than 21 shots (all you need is to change to a bigger magazine).

On this point, Mrs Corazza Bildt does not share the sport shooters’ opinion but believes that the capacity is controlled by the size of the magazine. Agree to disagree … And a very personal view is to choose to believe that 6 marksmen know more about weapons than a politician.

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Pia Clerté + MEP Anna Maria Corazza Bildt

There was also a discussion around the consequences of this move for hunters, since they do not get any exceptions in the Firearms Directive, and the MEP claimed they will not be affected.

Unfortunately, we are probably seeing here a confusion of the Swedish law (which regulates the number of rounds that are ALLOWED in a magazine WHILE hunting) with the firearms capabilities.

Even a hunting rifle CAN of course take a bigger magazine, whatever is written that you are ALLOWED to hunt with in the Swedish law.

 

 

All in all a very positive meeting hugely appreciated by the sport shooter community.

UN and EU Firearms Expert Suspected for Distribution of Illegal Firearms

Since last year the proposals of the European Commission tried to bring us new and draconian gun legislation. The EC hoped to get a quick vote in their favor on the back of the terror attacks last year in France. We have been working very hard since that proposal to counter the inaccuracies and general lack of common sense in the proposals.

One of the people who argued for more gun control, was Jean-Luc Stassen, the managing director of the Belgian Proof House in Liege.

Mr Stassen was present in the EP committee debate chaired by MEP Vicky Ford and spoke for 10 minutes, suggesting, amongst other things, that a magazine restriction would be advisable. Mr. Stassen continued to explain at length how certain categories of firearms upon deactivation should require a guaranteed traceability, accompanied by official documents that could not be falsified or forged.

It’s with great interest that we now find out that last Thursday, 27th October, Mr. Stassen was arrested on charges of forgery, the use of falsified documents and embezzlement. Furthermore the Newspapers suggest that over 260 firearms slated for destruction (by the Proof House), were removed from the Belgian Central Firearms Registry and instead of being destroyed, ended up sold on the black market.

The arrest came after the Police executed a search warrant at his home and at the Proof house in Liege. During the searches at least one firearm was confiscated. Mr. Stassen denied the charges at the time of his arrest.

It is widely known, that restrictions on legal firearms sales always contribute towards gray and black market firearms sales. In other words, people who can not acquire firearm legally purchase illegal firearms and the well known concepts of supply and demand ensure that if legal firearms are banned, the illegal market will flourish. Also history has shown that certain parts of firearms that are banned usually end up in the black market.

Time will tell what happens to Mr Stassen, but now we can question his motives – did he recommend bans and restrictions to shift the demand to black market to ensure healthy profit margin for illegal firearms he allegedly was selling?

Needless to say, we will follow this story with great interest…

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Read more in the news:

Détournement d’armes au banc d’épreuves de Liège: Jean-Luc Stassen était expert pour l’ONU et l’Union Européenne

Besides his position as director of proofhouse weapons of Liege, he is also head of the Belgian delegation to the Permanent International Commission for firearms, officer for criminal investigation for the monitoring of trade weapons in Belgium- and member of several expert groups (in particular, for the UN and the EU). He is a member of the jury for the gunsmiths examinations and Advisory Board Member of arms.

Weapons proofhouse of Liège: arrest warrant issued for director

Le directeur du banc d’épreuves des armes de Liège placé sous mandat d’arrêt

Directeur van Wapenproefbank in Luik gearresteerd

Hildebrandt&Madon: Interview with Pia Clerté & Erik Lakomaa

Journalist Johanne Hildebrandt, columnist Sakine Madon and reporter Annica Ögren starting a YouTube channel (Hildebrandt&Madon) to make room for new perspectives and voices which are not being heard by mainstream.

In September they interviewed well known dynamic sportshooter Pia Clerté and Stockholm School of Economics researcher Erik Lakomaa regarding the Firearms Directive.

EU’s weapons Directive wants to make it difficult for terrorists and criminals to obtain weapons. But in Sweden it hits hard only marksmen and hunters – law-abiding gun owners.
Pia Clerté will not be able to practice her sport if the directive goes through.
Researcher Erik Lakomaa says that politicians and officials are not guided by facts, and that the weapons criminals use are smuggled in from the Balkans.
“The only way to stop them is to focus on border controls.”

View the interview with English subtitles on YouTube or read our transcript:

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Firearms Directive Conference

Brussels – 16/11/2016
2:30 – 5:00 pm
Conference at the European Parliament

During this conference we will evaluate the impact on illicit traffickers, private owners and on the civilian market, as well as the dangerousness of some types of firearms and the sources for the illicit market.

The European Commission published a proposal to amend the Firearms Directive within a week of the heinous terrorist attacks in Paris in which illegal weapons were used. Its response was to propose sweeping bans and confiscation aimed at several categories of firearms that are in legal possession by law abiding citizens. Claiming urgency, the European Commission proposed these contentious measures without any impact assessment. However the ill-conceived proposal has come under fire and the discussions have dragged on for more than twelve months. Meanwhile the talks in the Trilogue will continue for several more months.

It is time to discuss proposal’s impact!

Read more information in your language:

English :  Firearms Directive Conference

Deutsch: Feuerwaffen Konferenz in Brüssel

Polski: Konferencja nt. Dyrektywy o Broni Palnej

Suomi: ASEDIREKTIIVI 2016: Konferenssi Euroopan parlamentissa

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Firearms United Accessorizing the Autumn Fashion in Brussels

Are we now in fashion business?

First of all – thank you for you generous donations, it made this whole campaign possible.key_chains

And no, we are not in fashion business.

Firearms United has now successfully concluded a campaign, the goal of which was to inform Members of the European Parliament about the flaws in the current firearms directive proposal. We have essentially, assembled an information package, filled with facts, statistics, introductionary letter and Firearms United key fob/chamber flag. The graphical design for the key fob was borrowed from Swedish enthusiast. Keeping people informed is still the name of our game. That being said, the information package included 28 reasons why the magazine ban is unworkable from both legal and enthusiasts perspective.

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