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EU Directive - update

posted 14 Jan 2016, 15:04 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 14 Jan 2016, 15:18 ]
As members will be aware we have been working with BSSC, FESAC, the Home Office and many others to ensure that collectors and shooters interests are fully represented and protected. Vicky Ford MEP who is the Rapporteur for the Firearms Directive is sensible and supportive and last week visited Royal Armouries and IWM, with whom both David Penn and I had been in touch about the stance of BSSC, HBSA and FESAC, and who were both very supportive of private collectors.

Today there was a debate of the EU LIBE Committee (Civil Liberties, Justice & Home Affairs) on the proposed Firearms Directive, which it is administering jointly with IMCO. The pressure to progress the Directive quickly comes from LIBE.

Without exception, following a presentation by the Commission, which again claimed that the proposals were to combat terrorism, every speaker was highly critical, mostly on the ground that the proposals would have no effect on terrorism, but only on hunters and shooters. Most felt that the Commission should be aiming at illegal trafficking.

You can see the session on http://www.europarl.europa.eu/ep-live/en/committees/video?event=20160114-1400-COMMITTEE-LIBE

It starts 1 hour and 57 minutes from the beginning and runs for 40 minutes.

Work continues and we will update members further in due course.

Regards, Derek Stimpson