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ECRA message post

posted 19 Jun 2020, 15:21 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 19 Jun 2020, 15:21 ]
Members may wish to note the following message from ECRA which I received via FESAC

Derek Stimpson

Dear collector friends,

The EU's firearms directive has an extreme impact on our research / collecting activities in an international context. If we have to comply with the legal regulations in the currently valid form, then sooner or later our activity will no longer be possible. In Article 11 of the directive, the EU already requires buyers / sellers, type, caliber, number of items, etc. to be mentioned in advance when cartridges are transported and taken with them across EU borders and to apply for approval. We all know that this is not acceptable to us.
A working group of the German group of the ECRA (German Research Association for Ammunition e.V.) tried to influence the last gun amendment in Germany in 2019 and to find a practical solution for the German members. This was rejected by politics and the Ministry of the Interior. The EU directive has repeatedly been used as a reason. This was the reason why, as a member of this arms law working group, I tried to achieve something via the EU route.

I have therefore submitted a petition to the EU that shows our problems with cross-border research / collecting in connection with Article 11 of the EU Firearms Directive. This petition has now been examined by the EU Petitions Committee and declared admissible. According to the letter from the EU, the committee has started to examine the petition and asked the EU Commission to investigate the matter. The petition was also forwarded to the European Parliament's Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection.
The petition has the number 1320/2019 and can be viewed on the relevant EU website. However, only a summary is shown there. The whole text of my petition is much more extensive and describes in detail our problems.

Since I learned from the last general meeting of ECRA in Barneveld that the board is working to improve our status, I wanted to inform you about it. After all, all of our members from the EU member states are affected by the EU directive.

Sincerely yours
Rainer Schneck