- Better exchange of information between Member States.
This may sound a common-sense proposal... until you read what does the EC mean for "better exchange of information". Member Countries should thus be and under an obligation to interconnect their national registers of weapons with those of other EU Countries (creating them, shouldn't they have one), so that eg. each EU Country should know of any refusal of authorisation to own a firearm decided by another national authority.
A similar idea is inherently dangerous under many points of view, including privacy and system vulnerability (a malicious attacker would only need to gain unauthorized access to one database and would immediately know everything on all gun owners in Europe!). It is also a threat to the freedom of individual Citizens of the European Union: member States should spend enormous amounts of money for no other purpose than allowing power-hungry bureaucrats to turn Europe into a real-life "Big Brother", violating all ethics and de facto endorsing the beliefs of those who fear that the European Union is meant to become nothing else but a vast dictatorship.
- Common criteria concerning alarm weapons in order to prevent their transformation into fully functioning firearms.
This, along with the implementation of common minimum standards for deactivation of firearms, may very well be the only real common sense rule in the draft. Sure, it's still dangerous − as it may turn into an outright ban on certain categories of blank-firing replicas and deactivated firearms. So to speak: it's true that some front-firing blank pistols and the so-called "Expansion Weapons" (military firearms deactivated in a "mild" form on purpose, so to be easily restored to full operation) may pose a threat if restored or converted for illegal purposes, but those also have a legitimate reason to be − think of custom builds and movie props.
Not to mention, the use of blank firing replicas converted to real-life ammunition is definitely a niche phenomenon between European criminals: most of their handguns are illegally imported (often from the military arsenals of former ComBloc Countries), stolen from military or Police depots and evidence lockers − and we are not aware of one single instance of terrorists using a converted blank-firing replica, ever!
- Stricter conditions for the circulation of deactivated firearms.
Yet another useless restriction proposal which (at least on the surface) appears to contradict another proposed restriction as described in the press release. Why should stricter conditions required for their circulation if the deactivation should be meant to be more radical? Well, that's obvious: because the ultimate goal is their total ban.
And as a matter of fact, the press release itself openly admits that military-style firearms should be completely banned from civilian ownership even in their deactivated form.
How could a total ban on legal civilian-grade firearms whose "military style" is merely a matter of appearence (the assumption that they could be "easily converted to automatic" fire is a blatant lie!) prevent further attacks from being carried on with machineguns and hand grenades... that remains to be seen. And despite what anti-gunners state, the ban on semi-automatic centerfire rifles in the United Kingdom and Australia did not save one single life.
- Stricter conditions for collectors.
According to the press release, stricter conditions should be needed for gun collections in order to "limit the risk of sale to criminals". But when has a legitimate European gun collector ever willingly sold his or her guns to criminals?
Once again there's a hidden agenda behind these "stricter conditions": preventing single individuals from owning "too many guns" for the standards of power-hungry politicians and bureaucrats who would rather see all European citizens disarmed.
And as a matter of fact, the draft would seem to include other bad restrictions, such as the reduction of all gun licenses to a 5-years expiry, and a mandatory clinical and mental check-up for their renewal. All blank-firing guns should also be included in Category C, meaning that a license should be required for their purchase and that their ownership should be registered with law enforcement authorities.
Such proposals wouldn't only tackle law-abiding gun ownership − they would affect at least half of the European citizens.