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Did the EU just give up on its gun ban plans? Not really!

Despite recent reassuring news releases, the European Commission is  still carrying on its plans to ban firearms across the European Union
The Council of Justice and Home Affairs Ministers of the European Union also call for "stricter conditions" for the civilian use of semi-automatic firearms in general!
Despite recent reassuring news releases, the European Commission is  still carrying on its plans to ban firearms across the European Union
The EC's push for stricter gun regulations comes in a moment when the European people is more interested than ever to gun ownership for sporting, hunting, and defensive purposes

But there's much more than meets the eye, and that's enough to give us the creeps. According to the final report, the Council of the Justice and Home Affairs Ministers of the European Union vastly agreed that "Semi-automatic firearms should continue to be authorised for civilian use, but under stricter conditions."

Here's the trick: the Council didn't wrote or talk about "Military-style semi-automatic firearms", but just of "Semi-automatic firearms", in general. If we take into the due consideration a letter sent by the European Commission on March 7th (available here in its original form and here as commented by Firearms United) to the governments of Finland and Sweden, we get a much clearer picture: the European Commission will not stop at modern sporting rifles; their goal is to uniform the gun laws of all EU-member States to the British standard, as much as possible.

And as a matter of fact, the British Government is one of the main sponsors of the proposed EU gun ban; according to some analysts, the British Government may be pushing the forced export of their gun laws to the rest of the European Union as a bargaining chip to keep the Country in the EU: Great Britain is set for a legally-binding poll in June. Currently, Britain is witnessing the surge of a movement aimed to obtain significant relaxations to the local gun laws, and the British Government may be willing to use any trick to avoid it.

Despite recent reassuring news releases, the European Commission is  still carrying on its plans to ban firearms across the European Union
An EC's document from March 7th, 2016 makes it clear how the European Commission's plans are for a much broader gun ban!

The proposed EU gun ban is also more or less secretly supported by the governments of Belgium, France and Italy, whose goal is to impose restrictions to gun ownership at a national level without being forced to take political responsibility and face the wrath of the voters − particularly in a moment when not only is gun ownership extremely popular, but when issues related to rampant crime and the right to self-defense are deeply felt by the peoples of Europe.

The mention of "stricter conditions" for the civilian use of semi-automatic firearms is also chilling: what will they concoct now? We can't know − we're no sorcerers − but we can very well imagine that they'll go for magazine restrictions or to special licenses granted only to professional sporting shooters, like in Australia for certain handguns (which would explain why many European federations of dynamic shooting disciplines have been strangely silent on the matter ever since November!). Or, even worse, they may consider centralized custody in shooting ranges or Police stations.

Despite recent reassuring news releases, the European Commission is  still carrying on its plans to ban firearms across the European Union
Modern sporting rifles are just an appetizer: the European Commission wants to enact British-style gun regulations all through the Union!

It should thus be clear that the battle is far from over, that it's not going to end soon, and that our fiend is never going to forfeit.

As William Kullman said in front of the WFSA's plenary meeting in Nuremberg (Germany) just a couple of weeks ago, we must get used to "Play chess, not checkers": this is going to be a long battle, and patience and strategy will be the key to victory.

I am still confident that we can, and we will, prevail. But that will happen only and solely if our entire community and all stakeholders manufacturers, distributors, retailers, as well as all hunters, sport shooters, collectors and simple gun owners at large − will come together as a force to be reckoned with by the bureaucrats in Brussels and Strasbourg, as well as by the national government of the 28 EU-member Countries. All will have to face the fact that the acceptance and the implementation of the European Commission's plans for the modification of the firearms directive would mean a social, economic and political disaster, and would cause the very same public safety issues that it officially seeks to avoid!

Despite recent reassuring news releases, the European Commission is still carrying on its plans to ban firearms across the European Union
Will gun owners, collectors, hunters, sport shooters, manufacturers, distributors and retailers unite before our world becomes a thing of the past?

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