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Control of the acquisition and possession of weapons [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Jana Valant (3rd edition),

A gun with a lock

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In the aftermath of the Paris terrorist attacks, in November 2015 the European Commission presented a package of measures aiming to tighten control on the acquisition and possession of firearms in the European Union, improve traceability of legally held firearms and enhance cooperation between Member States, as well as ensure that deactivated firearms are rendered inoperable.

The proposal to amend the current ‘Firearms Directive’ (Directive 91/477/EEC) was part of this package. It aims to ban some semi-automatic firearms for civilian use, as well as to include some previously excluded actors (collectors and brokers) and blank-firing weapons within the scope of the Directive. Stakeholders commented particularly on the proposed ban on some semi-automatic firearms and the obligation for collectors to deactivate firearms.

After several rounds of trilogue negotiations, the Council and Parliament reached agreement on the proposal in December. The text is now to be submitted for a vote in plenary at first reading.

Versions

 

Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Directive 91/477/EEC on control of the acquisition and possession of weapons
Committee responsible:

Rapporteur:

Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO)

Vicky Ford (ECR, United Kingdom)

COM(2015)750 of 18.11.2015

procedure ref.: 2015/0269(COD)

Ordinary legislative procedure

Next steps expected: Confirmation in IMCO and then first reading vote in plenary

timeline-submitted-to-plenary

 

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