Washington, DC -(AmmoLand.com)- 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 http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-15-6110_en.htm.
The proposal would amend Directive 91/477/EEC on the control of acquisition and possession of weapons. The measures include: