New attempt (16.11.2016!) by the EU commission to ban specifically:
- Civilian firearms of “AR 15 family”, also derivates
- Civilian firearms of “AK47 family”, also derivates
- ALL detachable magazines above 10 rounds (also for handguns, repeating-firearms, rimfires etc.)
- Strong regulation of magazines and semi-automatic firearms
Stricest evaluation of exemptions
Immediate decision on bans, since “EU citizens” demand more protection!
Sourced from EU commission document, 16. November 2016, published on Website of Austrian Parliament: Link
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Following two trilogue meetings, the co-legislators were still unable to agree on the revision of the Firearms Directive. These negotiations must be unblocked to take military grade assault weapons off the streets including those converted to semi-automatic use. The Commission’s position is clear that semi-automatic assault weapons derived from the “AK 47 Kalashnikov family” and the “AR 15 family” should be banned for civilian use given that they were designed for military use. Magazine sizes for short and long firearms should be limited to 10 rounds and should be subject to authorization and stringent checks and any derogation should be strictly limited and tightly controlled. EU citizens expect swift progress in this area to ensure their protection, so we must reach agreement before the end of 2016 on this key piece of legislation. In parallel, the Commission will launch a renewed push to clamp down on the illegal firearms trade including at the EU/Western Balkans Justice and Home Affairs Ministers’ Conference on 15-16 December.
It seems that the pressure is on now, and commission is getting bad publicity and crying about “delayed” firearms directive. However, in this the commission only has itself to blame, due to poorly drafted proposal, which they have not been able to this date, provide any justification for.