EU Toughens Gun Laws Among Member States in Wake of 2016 Terror

Wednesday, December 21, 2016
By Paul Martin

Following two years of terror attacks in Europe, EU Member States have finally reached an agreement to boost gun control laws to try and stop extremists from tracking them down.

The European Parliament and Council have agreed provisionally on a new Firearms Directive which includes banning converting automatic firearms into semi-automatic rifles as EU countries call for better regulation of deactivated weapons and the proliferation of gun sales online and how member states can better share information.

The Commission had proposed a total ban on dangerous semi-automatic guns, including AK47 or AR15 firearms and a ban on people collecting assault weapons privately — but these proposals have not been supported by the Parliament or the Council, which the Commission said it “regretted.”

A proposed limit on gun magazine rounds for all semi-automatic rifles has also been overlooked. Europe’s gun laws have been in place since 1991, however a debate on tightening those gun laws has been rumbling since terrorists attacked Paris in November 2015, shooting dead 130 people.

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