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Commission proposal on firearms control is unclear and insufficient

14/07/2016

Yesterday, the European Parliament's Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) voted on a controversial report on the revision of the firearms directive.

The Commission's proposal that led to the report aimed to amend the control of the acquisition and possession of weapons, including prohibiting semi-automatic weapons and making other weapons subject to licensing.

GUE/NGL Shadow Rapporteur, Jiri Maštálka, commented: "The Commission tried to come up with a response to the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels. However, its proposal is insufficient."

"The report does not meet the EU's 'better regulation' standards, and it remains unclear which weapons are included in the scope of the proposal.

"There was neither public consultation nor an impact assessment from the Commission. It has been left up to the Parliament to hear the concerns of everyone involved and to come with a better proposal, including recognition of legitimate interests in gun ownership, such as for museums and leisure activities.

"If the Commission had come up with a good proposal instead of mixing up legal and illegal firearms as it did, it would have been easier and faster to go into trialogue, so that horrific events such as those in Paris and Brussels could be prevented in the future.

"In the IMCO report, we did our best to calm the concerns of legal weapon owners," the Czech MEP continued.

"Now we are awaiting negotiations in the trialogue. This file is evidence of how difficult it can be to find a balance between the guarantee of citizens' security, on one hand, and leisure activities on the other hand.

"The process is not over yet. The strength of the mandate gained by the Rapporteur for this report will be very important for the trialogue. ”

 

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