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Parliamentary questions
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9 December 2015
P-015588-15
Question for written answer P-015588-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Janusz Zemke (S&D)

 Subject:  Commission initiative to amend the directive on the acquisition and possession of firearms in the European Union
 Answer in writing 

I have heard many objections from voters to the Commission’s plans to amend the directive on the acquisition and possession of firearms in the European Union.

The Commission draft contains far-reaching restrictions affecting the possession of weapons for use in hunting and sport, as well as collectible weapons.

There does of course need to be a decisive response to the tragic events that took place in Paris. I agree with the view that this should be a decision that is well thought out and specifically aimed at the source of the threat, i.e. it should affect criminals. The proposals concerned, however, acutely affect people who use firearms lawfully and in a safe way (in particular gun clubs, collectors and enthusiasts).

When it comes to controlling the firearms market and access to firearms, the primary responsibility currently lies with the Member States, and it therefore seems that the most appropriate thing to do would be to make the enforcement of the relevant rules more effective.

Given the many objections that have been raised by people in legal possession of firearms, is the Commission considering changing the proposal for a directive on the acquisition and possession of firearms in the European Union?

Original language of question: PL 
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