Blank firing weapons 


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The previous treatment of so-called “salute and acoustic firearms” raised security concerns. These are working firearms converted to fire blanks. Under the existing directive in certain countries these could be sold without authorisations and some were easily re-converted to live firearms. “This type of firearm was used in Paris terrorist attacks. A cache of over 30 were discovered in the UK in 2015”, said Vicky Ford (ECR, UK), who is steering this legislation through Parliament.

The rules covering these firearms will now be tightened. Going forward any firearm which has been converted to fire blanks must remain licensed under the same rules as its original live-firing version.