Thursday, December 27, 2018

Upcoming draconian EU gun ban?

Hello Fernando,

first I must say I really appreciate your blog and all informations you share with your readers.
I noticed you posted your opinion on US ban on bump stocks. As you and other readers are surely aware, there is EU directive (ban on semiauto rifles converted from full auto, ban on magazines over 10 rounds, short-barreled rifles, collapsing stocks maximum license validity for 5 years, etc. etc.) which must be adopted by all EU member states.

Government of my country takes it even further and proposing by far worse restrictions. For example, one proposal bans not only semiauto, but also repeating rifles (lever action, bolt action, etc.) with capacity greater than 10 rounds. No grandfathering for previously owned weapons. Also they want to restrict black powder muzzle loaders for owners of gun license only (current laws allow anyone over 18 buy muzzle loader after showing ID, nothing more) and forced registration of "gas guns", airguns and "flobert guns." But wait, there´s more!

Newest proposal also bans certain, if not all types of camo, and all training activities, which I can translate as "training for homeland defense without government authorisation". So basically, bye-bye to all self defense classes with handgun or semiauto rifle. Yes, it´s that idiotically written proposal (and I believe purposelly).

Local gun owners organisation is already negotiating with Ministry of Interior, and we all just hope such totalitalian load of crap will not pass. Government official statement states it´s required for reducing crime rate. I call BS.

In my opinion, it´s by far, far worse than bump stock ban in US.
So, what´s your opinion on this mess? What we should do? Is it worth getting some rifle and risk it can be confiscated later?
At least I will attend some pistol classes as soon as possible.
Thank you for your thoughts and advices!
Take care,

Hello J.

It would help a lot to know what country you are in and what current laws you have.
The good news is, the European Firearms Directive didn’t do nearly as much damage as we feared in spite of what some may say. If you read it you see that its basically given context and regulation to what already exists in most cases and you can still have pretty much any kind of gun you want with the right permit.

If your country is banning anything, its not because of the EU direction, which isnt banning any specific gun at all. Category A – “Prohibited firearms” are treated as “special cases” which require more scrutiny but still legal. Most countries already do this anyway with medical tests, club member, sport shooting activities and such. My advice is to just to it, do what they ask of you but at the end of the day own the guns you want.

My advice is don’t worry about it and get what you can in your country. Get at least a Glock and a semi auto rifle. Learn how to shoot them, learn how to service and repair them and always keep ammo at hand. And by all means, get your classes and training. That is invaluable.
lets hope common sense prevails and those propositions are dropped in your country.
Enjoy, hope you had a great Christmas and have a great New Year as well!

Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Yes, in some EU countries guns are still relatively "legal". E.g. concealed carry is still allowed by default for semi-pistols and technically even rifles (but practically hard to impossible due to size).
Country/arsenal: CZ.

Future is very dark though.