How does the European Commission intend to fight illegal weapons possession and trafficking?
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The legal framework on firearms will be revised to reduce access to weapons by criminals and terrorists. The Commission intends to propose on Wednesday 18 November a full revision of Directive 477/91 which sets out the legal framework on firearms. The revision will aim at strengthening rules and reducing the legal uncertainty caused by national divergences, thus facilitating the role of national police and investigation authorities.
In addition, if the Member States Committee which is meeting on 18 November 2015 adopts a positive opinion, the Commission will adopt on the same day the implementing regulation on common firearms deactivation standards. It will ensure that deactivated firearms are rendered irreversibly inoperable and cover both domestic and cross-border situations in order to fulfil the security objectives.
The Commission will also adopt on 18 November an Implementation report analysing the current Firearms Directive, to identify existing obstacles to tracing firearms, law enforcement, categorisation and registration of firearms and the treatment of essential parts and components.
In addition, the Commission will also announce new plans to develop an action plan against the illegal trafficking of weapons and explosives. Issues to be tackled in this future action plan could include: the illegal purchase of weapons on the black market; the control of illegal weapons and explosives in the internal market and especially their entry/import into the single market (especially from the Balkan countries or ex-war zones); the fight against organised crime.
European Commission strengthens control of firearms across the EU
Brussels, 18 November 2015
The European Commission today adopted a package of measures to make it more difficult to acquire firearms in the European Union,
better track legally held firearms, strengthen cooperation between Member States, and ensure that deactivated firearms are rendered inoperable.
The package of measures on firearms adopted by the College of Commissioners today includes the following elements:
A revision of the Firearms Directive, to tighten controls on the acquisition and possession of firearms
The Commission has today tabled proposals to amend the EU Firearms Directive, which defines the rules under which private persons can acquire and possess weapons, as well as the transfer of firearms to another EU country. The main elements of the proposed revision are:
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;
Tighter rules on the online acquisition of firearms, to avoid the acquisition of firearms, key parts or ammunition through the Internet;
EU common rules on marking of firearms to improve the traceability of weapons;
Better exchange of information between Member States, for example on any refusal of authorisation to own a firearm decided by another national authority, and obligation to interconnect national registers of weapons;
Common criteria concerning alarm weapons (e.g. distress flares and starter pistols)in order to prevent their transformation into fully functioning firearms;
Stricter conditions for the circulation of deactivated firearms;
Stricter conditions for collectors to limit the risk of sale to criminals.