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18/07 EU Firearms Directive – IMCO Vote 13 July, 2016

Please click on this link - FESAC PRESS RELEASE 18-07-16 to view the Press Release from our Chairman, Stephen Petroni, concerning the recent vote by the European Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee (IMCO).

23/05 Overview in respect of EC proposals to Amend Firearms Directive

On 18 November 2015 the European Commission published a proposal to amend the 1991 Firearms Directive (91/477/EEC) which was last revised in 2008 (2008/51/EC). Although this came in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks, the roots of the EC proposal lie in the process initiated three years earlier by former EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström who announced the following goals during a high level conference on the illicit trafficking of arms held on 19 November:
a. The identification of certain types of civilian firearms that should be included in Category A and banned;
b. further controls on legal firearms owners.
It was evident, even in these early stages, that the Commission had set an agenda to attack legal firearm owners and users. The terrorist attacks simply provided it with the emotional vehicle it required to publish and pursue a broad list of prohibitionist measures which were tabled less than a week after the Paris attacks.
The Commission proposal calls for the confiscation and destruction of personal property, the banning of legal firearms that are used in several sport shooting disciplines and the introduction of measures that would have a profound impact on legitimate trade and industry.
However, the most outrageous measures are those relating to museums and collectors:
a. museums would have to deactivate and hence, irreversibly damage priceless collections of historic and important category A firearms and their collections would be frozen, i.e. they would not be able to acquire any new artefacts;
b. collectors would have their category A firearms, including semi-automatic firearms reclassified under this category, confiscated and destroyed, even if they were to be deactivated.
Such action would be tantamount to the wanton destruction, on an unprecedented scale, of a vast amount of cultural and historical heritage. The callousness of the Commission’s objectives was only surpassed by the method it employed in attempting to reach them in the case of collectors. The Commission created a pretext for their action by stating that “Collectors have been identified as a possible source of traffic of firearms by the evaluation carried out.”  However the Commission failed to produce hard evidence, even when called upon to do so by FESAC.
Our Foundation has joined other stakeholder’s representatives in order to oppose the Commission’s proposal in every EU institution and committee where it is being discussed.
We have been actively engaged in this process since November 2015, exchanging correspondence with MEPs and Member State delegations as well as attending meetings in Brussels.
FESAC has also submitted a complaint to the EU Ombudsman in respect of the Commission’s failure to either substantiate its allegation against recognised collectors or else withdraw it.
Copies of the relevant documents and correspondence (in chronological order) may be found in the “Publications” section.

On 18 November 2015 the European Commission published a proposal to amend the 1991 Firearms Directive (91/477/EEC) which was last revised in 2008 (2008/51/EC). Although this came in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks, the roots of the EC proposal lie in the process initiated three years earlier by former EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström who announced the following goals during a high level conference on the illicit trafficking of arms held on 19 November:

a. The identification of certain types of civilian firearms that should be included in Category A and banned;

b. further controls on legal firearms owners.

It was evident, even in these early stages, that the Commission had set an agenda to attack legal firearm owners and users. The terrorist attacks simply provided it with the emotional vehicle it required to publish and pursue a broad list of prohibitionist measures which were tabled less than a week after the Paris attacks.

The Commission proposal calls for the confiscation and destruction of personal property, the banning of legal firearms that are used in several sport shooting disciplines and the introduction of measures that would have a profound impact on legitimate trade and industry.

However, the most outrageous measures are those relating to museums and collectors:

a. museums would have to deactivate and hence, irreversibly damage priceless collections of historic and important category A firearms and their collections would be frozen, i.e. they would not be able to acquire any new artefacts;

b. collectors would have their category A firearms, including semi-automatic firearms reclassified under this category, confiscated and destroyed, even if they were to be deactivated.

Such action would be tantamount to the wanton destruction, on an unprecedented scale, of a vast amount of cultural and historical heritage. The callousness of the Commission’s objectives was only surpassed by the method it employed in attempting to reach them in the case of collectors. The Commission created a pretext for their action by stating that “Collectors have been identified as a possible source of traffic of firearms by the evaluation carried out.”  However the Commission failed to produce hard evidence, even when called upon to do so by FESAC.

Our Foundation has joined other stakeholder’s representatives in order to oppose the Commission’s proposal in every EU institution and committee where it is being discussed.

We have been actively engaged in this process since November 2015, exchanging correspondence with MEPs and Member State delegations as well as attending meetings in Brussels.

FESAC has also submitted a complaint to the EU Ombudsman in respect of the Commission’s failure to either substantiate its allegation against recognised collectors or else withdraw it.

Copies of the relevant documents and correspondence (in chronological order) may be found in the “Publications” section.

25/03 FESAC Annual Conference 2016

Information and booking details relating to the forthcoming 2016 Annual Conference are now available.

Jean-Jacques and his organising team request that, given the proposed programme, you register your interest as soon as possible.

Vous êtes invité à confirmer rapidement votre venue, même si vous devez tarder un peu pour le règlement des frais du congrès.

Details of the proposed programme (in PDF format) can be found in French Invitation au Congrès annuel de la FESAC (fr) and in English FESAC 2016 annual meeting invitation (en).

The Booking Form (PDF) can be downloaded here:  renseignements pour Congrès annuel de la FESAC (fr-en).

01/12 URGENT – Act now!

Colleagues, we are facing an unprecedented attack on collecting and the preservation of a significant element of our European Heritage.

The two links hereunder, are firstly, the agreed FESAC position paper (in .pdf format).  Click FESAC POSITION PAPER 30-11-15 and save to your own computer.

Secondly, click MEP contact details for a comprehensive list (in Excel format) of EU MEPs.

11/11 Swedish Link to Militaria Events

Colleagues in Sweden have kindly shared a link to a list of militaria / collectors fairs and events which are taking place throughout the Scandinavian region and further afield, too.

It is understood that this information will be updated from time to time.

Please click on this link below to be taken to the list.

Scandinavian Militaria Events‘.

11/11 Swedish Updates

Please note, that the contact details for colleagues in Sweden have changed.

See the Swedish page for details.

29/09 Denmark contact information changed

Please note, that contact details for Denmark have been updated.

22/06 2016 FESAC Conference

Next year’s FESAC Conference will be held in France.
The provisional dates for your diary are June 8 – 12

Next year’s FESAC Conference will be held in France.

The provisional dates for your diary are June 8 – 12

22/06 Successful 2015 Conference in Zurich!

Attendees at the conference in Switzerland were treated to an excellent, busy programme by their Swiss hosts.  Particular thanks must go to Markus Holliger and the members of his team.
Please have a look at the enclosed link (in German), which includes reference to the FESAC visit.
http://www.swissshooting.ch/desktopdefault.aspx/tabid-85/48_read-10478

Attendees at the conference in Switzerland were treated to an excellent, busy programme by their Swiss hosts.  Particular thanks must go to Markus Holliger and the members of his team.

Please have a look at the enclosed link (in German), which includes reference to the FESAC visit.

http://www.swissshooting.ch/desktopdefault.aspx/tabid-85/48_read-10478

(Once you arrive at the ‘Swissshooting’ page, you can switch between German, French and Italian by clicking the ‘de fr it’ links at the top).

04/03 Sweden rejoin FESAC

“It is with great pleasure that I welcome the Swedish organisations back within the community of European arms collectors that together make up FESAC”.
- Stephen Petroni – Chairman, FESAC

SAP 2009-05-28 Piediluco

- Stephen Petroni – Chairman, FESAC

“It is with great pleasure that I welcome the Swedish organisations back within the community of European arms collectors that together make up FESAC”.

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