Control of the acquisition and possession of weapons [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Jana Valant (2nd edition),

A gun with a lock

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In the aftermath of the Paris terrorist attacks, in November 2015 the European Commission presented a package of measures aiming to tighten control on the acquisition and possession of firearms in the European Union, improve traceability of legally held firearms and enhance cooperation between Member States, as well as ensure that deactivated firearms are rendered inoperable.

The proposal to amend the current ‘Firearms Directive’ (Directive 91/477/EEC) was part of this package. It aims to ban some semi-automatic firearms for civilian use, as well as to include some previously excluded actors (collectors and brokers) and blank-firing weapons within the scope of the Directive. Stakeholders commented particularly on the proposed ban on some semi-automatic firearms and the obligation for collectors to deactivate firearms.

On 10 June 2016, the Council adopted its general approach on the file. On 13 July the Parliament’s IMCO Committee voted on amendments to the proposal; a mandate to open trilogue negotiations with the Council was voted on 5 September.



Stage: Committee vote


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