EU REGULATION 2015/2403 & Firearms Directive
The EU rushed through a revised EU firearms regulation on December 15th 2015 detailing new common EU standards for the deactivation of firearms.
Vicky Ford has chaired an EP committee debate and has stated “the Commission’s proposal "is poorly drafted" and "needs a lot of work". She regretted the lack of an impact assessment and cited concerns expressed to MEPs by legal owners. “The Commission is no longer in the driver’s seat of this proposal”, she said, stressing that Members of the European Parliament and the EU Council of Ministers will now co-decide on the draft law.”
The European Parliament Draft Ammedment has been published on 29th March 2016. This report includes some important ammedments detailed here:- here-
Although Vicky Ford has tabled amendments, they won't be made until the summer and is subject to approval by the European Parliament.
The date proposed in the regualtion for the implementation for the new EU deactivated standard was the 8th April. At the time of writing, the Home Office has not written an official public notice offering guidance about the new regulation. It was assumed that it will be the date quoted in the regulation, the 8th April 2016, but this has yet to be confirmed and offically communicated to the public by the Government or the Home Office.
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