European Commission Reacts to Paris Terrorist Attacks with Tighter Gun Control

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Washington, DC -( In reaction to the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, the European Commission (EC) published a press release announcing on November 18, 2015, the adoption of a proposal to make it more difficult for individuals to acquire firearms in the European Union.

The proposed measures include stricter controls on the sale and registration of firearms and stronger rules to irrevocably deactivate weapons.

The proposal was prepared jointly by Commissioners Elzbieta Bienkowska (Internal Market and Industry) and Dimitris Avramopoulos (Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship), who stated, “The adoption of the firearms package…is proof of the Commission's determination to address the new reality we are confronted with. We need to remove regulatory divergences across the EU by imposing stricter, harmonized EU standards for firearms and ensuring efficient exchange of information between Member States.”

A copy of the full press release is available at the European Commission's website at

The proposal would amend Directive 91/477/EEC on the control of acquisition and possession of weapons. The measures include:

  • Stricter rules to ban certain semi-automatic firearms, which will not, under any circumstance, be allowed to be held by private persons, even if they have been permanently deactivated;
  • Stricter conditions for the circulation of deactivated firearms; and
  • Stricter conditions for collectors to limit the risk of sale to criminals.

The EC published Q&A on this topic, available at

A copy of the full proposal is available at

The proposal will be presented to the European Parliament, and the whole process between the Council and Parliament is expected to take at least 6 months.

F.A.I.R. Trade Group has learned that the pressure resulting from the proposal is very high throughout the EU, and that some of the provisions (such as the prohibition of certain types of firearms) contained in the EC's proposal, if approved, would seriously damage the lawful firearms sector without providing any added value in terms of public security.

The EC has set up a link public comment:

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  • 5 thoughts on “European Commission Reacts to Paris Terrorist Attacks with Tighter Gun Control

    1. Never let a massacre be wasted when you can make it easier to have more. The EU is a failed experiment in socialism. Soon Europe will be under Muslim control. Muslims will get weapons & Europeans will be fish in a barrel. Obama wants Americans to be fish in a barrel also, but law abiding, gun toting people like me, will not die in a barrel! If we are killed, it will be that we refused to be slaves & fought back!

    2. Europe suffered through, and recovered (with OUR help) from, two world wars; but hasn’t learned a F&*K-in’ thing from it! This is what our hom-boy ISIS CINC is striving for by dragging us into the U.N. Small Arms Treaty (aka: World Association of Gun-Grabbers).

    3. Make it harder for the good guys, make it easier for the bad guys just like the White House trash and most democrats.
      Dumb leading dumber. Self-defense is putting your head where the sun doesn’t shine and then wondering how such terror and killing can exist.

    4. @SuperG,you’re absolute right,but I’m so tired of going through this same bullsh*t over and over. All of this bullsh*t is targeting law abiding firearms owners that pose no threat to anyone. The son of a bitches never mention or go after criminals,the scourge on society.

    5. Same stupidity as here. Criminals don’t buy their guns though normal channels, they buy from “friends” or they steal them.

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