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Parliamentary questions
7 April 2014
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 117
Lara Comi (PPE)

 Subject:  Limiting the capacity of firearms

Through Legislative Decree No 121 of 29 September 2013 transposing Directive 2008/51/EC, the Italian Government has recently introduced further restrictions on owning, bringing into the country and legally trading in ordinary firearms. In particular, Article 2(a)(I) now limits the capacity of short firearms to 15 shots, long firearms to five shots and historical replicas to 10 shots. These limits also apply to firearms in which the rounds are contained in a magazine that forms an integral part of the weapon itself, making the modifications, which must be permanent, particularly costly and in many cases technically impossible.

The new limits laid down by Legislative Decree No 121/2013 impose additional burdens on manufacturers. To continue to operate in the market, they will have to make expensive changes to create a separate production line just for the Italian market, as it differs from the other European markets. In some cases, major operators in the sector may decide to stop selling in Italy if they are unable or unwilling to bear those costs in order to remain in a market limited to a single country.

1. Does the Commission believe that the limits imposed unilaterally by Italy may run counter to the principle of the free movement of goods?

2. Does it believe that the abovementioned additional classification goes against the principle of creating common standards for the classification of firearms?

3. Might that constitute discrimination against firearms users in Italy compared with those in other Member States?

Original language of question: ITOJ C 377, 23/10/2014
Last updated: 28 April 2014Legal notice