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Parliamentary questions
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30 March 2016
Answer given by Ms Bieńkowska on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-015051/2015

The objective of the Commission's proposal is to improve internal security in Europe.

Over the last decade, it is estimated that 10 000 homicides have been committed in Europe with firearms. Massacres have been committed with semi-automatic firearms notably in schools, holiday camps and factories. Moreover, there are nearly half a million firearms in the EU which have been registered as lost or stolen from the mid-1990s up to 2014.

In drafting the proposal, the Commission sought balance between security and the legitimate interests of hunters or sport shooters.

The proposal is currently discussed with Member States and the European Parliament, and the Commission will consider carefully amendments which might improve the directive whilst preserving the security of citizens.

One of the studies commissioned by the Commission supporting the drafting of the proposal(1) highlighted the qualitative administrative burdens and costs on affected target groups. The study found that differences in national implementation of the previous Directive have a negative effect in that it creates administrative burdens to fulfil different requirements across Member States. In this context, the Commission's proposal may reduce these administrative costs.

A number of stakeholders were involved in the study, including the European Federation of Associations for Hunting and Conservation (FACE), Firearms United, Foundation for European Societies of Arms Collectors (FESAV), International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) and World Forum on Shooting Activities (WFSA).


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