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EU Firearms Directive - Update 16th December

posted 16 Dec 2016, 03:45 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 16 Dec 2016, 03:46 ]
Members will be interested to see the attached open letter from Vicky Ford.  This is an interim update, and the efforts continue next year. We have thanked Vicky for her enormous efforts on behalf of the shooting and collecting community.

Should any lobbying or similar contribution be required we will advise members with specific directions.

Salient points of note in the letter are :-

.22 rim-fire semi-automatic rifles, even with large capacity magazines, seem to be satisfactorily safeguarded.

Areas of concern are:
  • large capacity magazines for centre-fire self-loaders (and indeed full automatic self loaders) which are owned in large numbers in the UK for use with manually operated rifles, or accompanying an old specification deactivated firearm or just as a military collectible. The suggestion is that people found in possession of such a magazine without authority after a transition period may lose their authorisation to possess firearms
  • A requirement that newly-deactivated firearms will be Category C and subject to declaration, which would require primary legislation in Britain. This would be a most undesirable development for something that we do not recognize as being a firearm
  • Medical and psychological testing. Vicky Ford states that ‘Member States can decide whether or not the assessment involves a prior medical or psychological test. This does not change national approaches or introduce new EU-wide requirements for medical testing’ but this will need watching carefully.
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Tony Cattermole,
16 Dec 2016, 03:45