Europe And Firearms

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Europe And Firearms
Countryside Alliance Ireland
Countryside Alliance Ireland

Ireland –  -( In the wake of the horrific events in Paris last week, the European Commission has this week announced that it will be amending the Firearms Directive to make it more difficult to acquire firearms, including deactivated firearms, with the aim of  improving traceability and stronger co-operation between member states.

The Countryside Alliance is concerned that at least some of the proposals seem to have little to do with addressing the deplorable acts of terrorism in Paris and will simply create additional unnecessary burdens for national police forces and legal firearm holders.

Many of the recommendations are sensible and show where improvements can be made. However, others appear to be hastily made decisions which could backfire on the legal firearm holders of the UK.

The UK is world renowned for its strict firearms licensing laws and we lead on many of the issues which the EU Commission is discussing, such as deactivation and standardised marking. However, some of these proposals would seem unlikely to have an effect on terrorist activity.

We strongly believe that the way forward is a separate directive dealing with terrorism and military arms, not amending the Firearms Directive. If, though, the Commission is determined to push forward with amendments they must be clearly aimed at the increasing threat of terrorism and illegal trafficking.

Tim Bonner
Chief Executive
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European sporting umbrella body FACE, of which the Countryside Alliance is part, issued a press release where it declared: “FACE supports the European Commission’s initiatives in the fight against terrorism and illegal practices. FACE nonetheless questions how the Commission’s proposal to further restrict the lawful possession of firearms by hunters and sports shooters would prevent terrorists from committing atrocities. Illegally manufactured and/or trafficked firearms are readily available from the black market within the EU or from outside its borders.” Read more here.

Countryside Alliance Ireland has been active since the early 1960s, providing Irish sportsmen and women with high levels of information and advice and representation. Over the years as the political environment has changed we have evolved into a highly effective campaigning organisation. Countryside Alliance Ireland is governed by an elected “Board” made up from members throughout Ireland. The Board sets policy and oversees financial and operational matters. Countryside Alliance Ireland partner groups nominate members of the “Board” also, making it truly representative of country sports interests in Ireland.


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So far, most of Europe doesn’t have the violent society that we do. If guns were taken away from the general population here, all hell would break loose with criminals. One – hundred percent of criminals support gun control because it only applies to the good guys and not them. They would be so happy to see it come about. Murder, home invasions, robberies, etc. would sky rocket. The thing the news media never reports and never will, is good guys shooting a criminal in the act. Now, with Syrians pouring into Europe along with ISIS terrorist, look for a… Read more »


are they crazy wow


I would like to know what exactly do CAI and CAI UK see as “sensible” proposals in this legislation?Banning semi auto rifles?Deacting deacts even more?Limiting FACs to five years with more medical testing?Could they please clarify this statement?
Also please consider signing this online petition.In 48 hours it has over 70thousand signitures of gun owners in the EU protesting about these proposals.Also if you own a .22 rifle in semi auto ,dont think you are exempt either.It doesnt say .22 rifles with “military features”a re exempt.

Al Schmidt

Not even one ounce of common sense in all of Europe!


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Of COURSE the UK wants to ban or restrict firearm ownership on a massive scale. Look what happened to them when they didnt last time… The United Staes of America rose up out of the colonies they tried to rule. They are wise to their downfalls and dont want to risk further eroding of their sheeple.


As ads backwards as it is here in the states! The terrorists bring illegal weapons, supplied illegally from outside of the country/state where the crime is committed, and the response is to make it harder for citizens, not terrorists/criminals to obtain guns. This same logic would have all US citizens pass an alcoholic questionnaire/breathalyzer prior to purchasing a car, and then increasing the questions, depth, and scope of the questionnaire/breathalyzer each time a drunk driver kills an innocent driver on the road in the hopes that stricter laws/questions/tests will stop it from happening. /SMH


Totally illogical.
The bad guys got guns despite the tough restrictions, so make it ever more difficult for the GOOD GUYS to get guns.
Yeah. That’ll solve the problem. NOT!