Will Terrorists Comply With The Revision Of The EU’s Firearms Directive?

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FACE questions how the Commission’s proposal to further restrict the lawful possession of firearms by hunters & sports shooters would prevent terrorists from committing atrocities.
FACE: The European Federation of Associations for Hunting & Conservation
FACE: The European Federation of Associations for Hunting & Conservation

Europe –  -(Ammoland.com)- Yesterday, reacting to the tragic events in Paris of 13 November, the European Commission rushed a proposal to review the Firearms Directive.

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.

Brussels, 19 November 2015 – FACE welcomes the firm reaction of the European Commission against terrorism. FACE supports the adequate control of firearms, including justified and proportionate restrictions to their acquisition and possession. At the same time, any legislative proposal purportedly aimed at combating terrorism should refrain from unduly limiting the rights of legal users.

Therefore, FACE calls on the European Commission to respect the rights of hunters and sport shooters, who represent the largest group of legal and responsible users of civilian firearms in the European Union and who are among the most intensely controlled and law abiding social groups in the EU.

Michl Ebner, FACE President, stated: “FACE applauds the leadership shown by the European Commission to intervene against terrorism with great determination. Our legitimate fight against terrorism must not unduly affect the freedom of law abiding citizens to lawfully acquire, use, transport and store hunting firearms, guaranteed by the Firearms Directive.”

FACE subscribes to several elements in the Commission proposal, including improvement of the traceability of firearms, deactivation standards and better exchange of information between Member States, which are necessary to duly protect EU citizens. However, FACE rejects that measures making it more difficult for hunters and sport shooters to acquire legal firearms in the European Union will prevent criminals and terrorists from obtaining illegal weapons and committing atrocities.

The Firearms Directive is the legal instrument that regulates the lawful acquisition and possession of firearms in the EU. Under the current rules, only persons having a good cause for the acquisition or possession and not presenting a danger to him-/herself or the public are entitled to own a firearm. To this extent the primary aim of the Firearms Directive is to ensure the functioning of the internal market.

FACE underlines that no link exists between the possession of legal civilian firearms for hunting and shooting purposes and criminal behaviour and terrorism. Moreover, legal firearms have not been demonstrated to feed into the illegal market, as it has sometimes been suggested. On the contrary, the terrorists involved in the Paris attacks illegally obtained automatic assault rifles from the black market in the EU or from outside the European Union. Consequently and logically, efforts to combat terrorism must be directed at preventing terrorists, extremist and criminals from obtaining such illegal firearms, not at citizens who respect the law and who are already subjected to strict and burdensome licensing schemes and thorough background checks.

FACE doubts that standardised medical checks of legal users by EU Member States will prevent criminals from obtaining firearms from illegal sources. In addition, by imposing such standards the EU would obstruct the competence of the Member States.

FACE criticises the inclusion of semi-automatic firearms that “resemble” automatic firearms in the prohibited category. The criterion is unclear, subjective and disproportionate and requires Member States to confiscate at huge costs licensed firearms which have the same technical specifications as other B category firearms, which are already subject to authorisation.

FACE furthermore objects to the Commission’s proposal to prohibit the private sale of legally acquired firearms by means of distance communication. Such a definition has implications on every sale between parties and could deeply impact the fundamental freedom of EU citizens and their right to equal treatment.

While FACE welcomes proposals to combat illicit trafficking giving authorities the right tools to restrict the circulation of illegal firearms and improve border controls. However the European Commission must ensure the full implementation of the European Firearms Pass across the EU, guaranteeing the right of free movement. The European Firearms Pass, issued by the authorities of a EU Member State to persons lawfully acquiring and using a firearm, is the instrument that validly and efficiently allows the tracing of a legal firearm to its owner while travelling in the European Union.

FACE: The European Federation of Associations for Hunting & Conservation

Established in 1977, it represents the interests of Europe’s 7 million hunters as an international non-profit-making non-governmental organisation (INGO). This makes FACE the largest democratically representative body for hunters in the world and is probably one of the largest European civil society organisations. FACE is made up of its Members: national hunters’ associations from 36 European countries including the EU-28. FACE also has 4 Associate Members and has its Secretariat in Brussels.

Visit http://face.eu/

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We see it over and over, the gun is liable and little is said about the human being that is the shooter. A gun can sit for years and never go-off, it takes some outside action for the gun to shoot. It is like beating ones head against a brick wall to get an understanding of this concept from anti-gunners. A group of soldiers, a group of terrorists or a gang should not be equated or even compared to innocent law abiding individuals. Law abiding gun owners should not be discriminated against and should retain their rights to own, possess… Read more »

Dave Thater

Fight gentleman, fight….the EU will take your hunting weapons also…unfortunately , Hunting rifles with the meager amount of ammo they will allow you to hold and over-under shotguns are not much of a deterant when you will have to defend your silly countries from the hoards trying to conquer you with AK’s …. My God, tell them to ready a history book…something about a German invasion, not that long ago. No arms for a free people, no freedoms.


Unless it is made in someones shed and it happens all guns start out legal. Before you could say to Bout don’t sell guns to al-Qaida. But now the world is a wash with unregulated arms. Unlike Hollande and Cameron the US knew what cracking open Qaddafi’s arms cache would cause. Given amount and ease of access at home it is not really a concern for the US. And we have mass shootings all the time, anyway.

Capn Jack

13 muslims in the British Parliament now. With help from liberals it’s getting close to
where they can do what they want.

Henry Sylvester

Of course thay will comply. What would you expect? They always do!!