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Parliamentary questions
18 March 2014
E-003187-14
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 117
Lara Comi (PPE)

 Subject:  9x19 (Parabellum) weapons calibre
 Answer(s) 

With legislative decree No 121 of 29 September 2013 on the implementation of Directive 2008/51/EC, Italy did not amend law No 110 of 1975, Article 2 of which classifies the calibre 9x19 as for military use only whereas it is generally considered to be an ordinary calibre of cartridge in other European countries.

This classification of 9x19 calibre handguns creates significant problems and entails additional costs for the conversion of weapons from other countries which, under Italian law, must be converted to 9x21, a change that does not, however, affect performance in terms of enhancing safety.

In light of the above:
1. Does the Commission believe that the lack of consistency with the laws of the other Member States could constitute a barrier to trade within the EU?
2. Does the Commission consider that this restriction, which is not motivated by any obvious safety concerns, goes against the aim of Directive 2008/51/EC, namely to simplify and standardise laws on this subject among EU Member States?
3. Does the Commission agree that this restriction in fact constitutes a barrier to freedom of movement within the EU and stands in the way of target shooting competitions and sporting events being held in Italy?
Original language of question: ITOJ C 335, 25/09/2014
Last updated: 7 April 2014Legal notice