Now, we don't really believe that the European Commissioners are just as naïve as they seem to be judging from this hastily-approved draft.
In our opinion, the truth is much darker: they're attempting to seize any opportunity they can to disarm law-abiding European citizens. They don't care about the black market that arms criminals and terrorists.
If it was, by any chance, meant to prevent lethal weapons to end up in the wrong hands, gun control should first address safety issues in military arsenals and Police evidence lockers − that's where the vast majority of guns are stolen from, to end up in the hands of common criminals. Terrorists, on the other hand, have their own sources, their own trade and stakeholders, and nobody in the European Union seems capable or just willing to face the problem.
At the same time, everybody turns a blind eye on the idea that an armed citizenry may very well be the only practical defense against terrorist threats − despite the fact that after the Charlie Hebdo attacks, last January, French Police had to admit that gun control is not helping!
A frightening amount of time, money and work is spent at the EU to blame legal guns and law-abiding citizens: the above-mentioned DG Home's Firearms Task Force often boasts that about half a million legal guns are stolen yearly in Europe and subsequently used by criminals and terrorists.
Firearms United, a worldwide confederation of gun owners, ran its own researches instead, and found out Fabio Marini's numbers to be grossly altered, overestimated on purpose in order to justify any and all insane restriction that the European Union and any national government in the EU could come up with when it comes to legally-held firearms.
Sounds like Europe fears law-abiding armed citizens more than madmen, criminals and terrorists, who of course don't obey the law...
As of today, there is nothing else we know about the proposed restrictions.
Even though the proposal has been labeled as "urgent" by the European Commission, it will require feasibility and economic impact studies before it can be brought to the European Commission and European Parliament in its final form.
This gives the industry and the European gun owners' community some months, or at least some weeks, to plan ahead and implement their countermeasures.
Something is indeed already moving: everybody is well aware that such a disastrous draft would bring British-style gun control upon the entire European Union, with the terrible results that we all know too well.
Keep your eyes and ears wide open, gentlemen: organizations such as Firearms United and others − including industry trade associations − are already engaged to prevent this disaster from ever taking place, and in turn of some days or weeks we will keep you up-to-date with any initiative you can lend a hand to!