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European Firearms Legislation

The European Commission is bringing forward proposals to implement changes to the Firearms Directive and have invited interested parties to give feedback on the Commission Proposals. The proposals if made law, will affect all stalkers and the Society asks that you consider responding.

The European Commission is bringing forward proposals to implement changes to the Firearms Directive and have invited interested parties to give feedback on the Commission Proposals. The proposals if made law, will affect all stalkers and the Society asks that you consider responding.

 This link will take you directly to the feedback form: CLICK

 Feedback Form

The form is not difficult to complete and BDS offers the following advice:

In the area for completing personal details, in the first box ˈRepresentingˈ choose ˈcitizenˈ if you are responding as an individual, or one of the remaining options if not In the main feedback box you may wish to ˈcut and pasteˈ the following text:

"I support action to prevent the flow of illegal weapons, as long as any measures are effective, proportionate and based on the principles of better regulation. I have concerns about the proposals which may have damaging, unintended consequences and hope that the Commission will fulfil its pledge not to harm the legitimate use of sporting firearms for hunting. In particular, I am concerned by your proposals for:

A five year ceiling on certificate life: It is appropriate risk assessment and monitoring, not certificate length, which delivers public safety. It should be up to Member States to determine an appropriate length for certificate life given their risk management and monitoring processes. Standard medical tests: It is important for there to be a medical component in the license approval process, but this should not require standardised testing, which would not provide additional benefits to public safety. Member States must be able to determine the correct approach based on their risk management and monitoring processes.

Under 18s: The proposed text is highly likely to harm legitimate shooting as it creates legal uncertainty and restricts opportunities for young persons to be introduced to hunting. A return to the existing wording of the Directive would deal with this. Humane dispatch: I am concerned that the proposed amendments would ban pistol ammunition used for humane dispatch of wounded animals. Deactivation and Blank firing replicas: I am concerned that your proposals could affect blank firing replicas which are used in the UK for dog training. I believe that the EU should adopt the UK deactivation standard.

Semi-automatic rifles: In the UK, .22 rim-fire rifles are used extensively for pest control. It is hoped the Commission will adopt a sensible approach and exclude small calibre sporting rifles. " Once the text is inserted, the next box allows you to attach a document. There is no requirement to do so however you may if you wish to.  The next box asks you to choose whether or not your feedback will be published anonymously or with your name.  Once you’ve copied the numbers in the ˈcaptchaˈ field, remember to tick the box confirming that you’ve read and agree with the personal data treatment provisions which confirm that the EU will respect user privacy.  Finally, click on ˈSend your feedback' .  Should you wish to view the relevant proposals and give your own feedback, the documents can be found by following these links:


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