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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

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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Commissioner’s Scandalous Speech led to Rejection by MEPs

Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska ( European Commission ) claimed 100.000 deaths in ten years by legally-held firearms and said law abiding citizens should not own semi-automatic firearms at all.

Snippets of Commissioner’s speech:

  • I think that first we have to limit the access to automatic and semi-automatic firearms.
  • Such assault weapons are not necessary for sport shooting.
  • Hunters in some member states are not concerned at all by our proposal.
  • We have evidence from the last year that during the last decade 100.000 people in Europe were killed by such weapons. Homicide … they were… murdered by using weapons which were at home.
  • Our proposal does not endager sport shooters, really not.
  • Kalashnikovs are military arms. Even when they are semi-automatic or non-automatic at all I am convinced such firearms should not be authorized for sports.
  • To many people were killed, so be more open-minded on this topic.

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MEP Jussi Halla-aho: Reject whole proposal!

The next MEP – after Christofer Fjellner (SE) – rejects the proposal: Jussi Halla-aho (FI)

Snippets of his speech:

  • The large number of ammendments is encouraging as many of them address the most excessive and disproportional details in the proposal. The rapporteur has also generally done a good job.
  • We should reject not only the proposed and unjustified ban on semi-automatic sporting rifles that are subcategorized A6 and A7, but also the proposed recategorisation of legal firearms as a whole.
    This rejection has already been done by LIBE.
  • We also should reject the nearly total ban of category A firearms which would lead to destruction of valuable historical collections. These weapons are not used in crime and are already strictly controlled.
    This ban was also rejected by LIBE.
  • We should reject mandatory time limits for licenses and medical checks because they only lead to more bureaucrazy and inconveniece without impact on crime.
    These were rejected by LIBE.
  • I support to reject the whole proposal as it violates all principles of good regulation.
  • The Commission tried to took advantage of the tragic event in Paris last November to push through a largely ideological anti-firearm proposal. 
    This has greatly damaged the image and credibility of the EU.
  • The attitude of the Commission in the Committee hearings has been incredible.
    It is now up to the Parliament to try and undo that damage.