Reminder: Public consultation on firearms Directive

Please note the email below from the FACE Secretariat.  As the official reaction from Member States is becoming increasingly more divided and key allies in the Parliament are now coming forward with amendments suggested by FACE which will be more reasonable for firearms owners, the time is now ripe for shooting people to start contacting their MEP’s and briefing them.  The attached position paper developed by the FACE Europe Expert Group on Firearms is the most succinct and comprehensive briefing document available.  Please pass it to your MEP/s and ask them to support the FACE amendments if and when the Directive comes before the European Parliament for vote.  The bottom line is that the existing Directive is a legal instrument to facilitate free movement of citizens between member states with their sporting firearms and is not, and never was, an instrument to fight terrorism, which is what is now being proposed by the Commission and in the process getting ordinary law abiding citizens caught up in the fight against terrorism.  Whereas much of what is being proposed will affect legal gun owners in many member states (not so much in Ireland because our system of firearms licensing is in effect already incorporating many of the proposed measures), it will not result in making any firearm less available to terrorists which are the target of the Commission’s proposals.  In simple terms, no terrorist will ever read the Directive and feel compelled to respect it. But the revisions proposed by the Commission will establish some dangerous precedents, even for Irish gun ownership (e.g. the minimum age) and it must be resisted.

So, please use the attached position paper and start contacting your MEP’s and TD’s and Senators.  It is important that TD’s and Senators, all of whom will be offering themselves for election very shortly, should be lobbied to persuade the Minister for Justice to adopt an Irish Government position more in line with the FACE position.  Again, I urge people to be friendly but firm and remember, absolutely no abuse or aggressive lobbying please.  I am already discussing the position with the DOJ.

FACE Position with AM on Firearms Directive

Thank you all in advance.

Des Crofton
National Director – NARGC
Spokesperson for the Sports Coalition


From: Johan SVALBY []
Sent: 20 January 2016 13:26To: Johan SVALBY <>
Subject: Reminder: Public consultation on firearms Directive / Consultation publique sur l’ouverture de la Directive sur les armes à feu / Rückmeldung abschicken -Vorschlag für eine Richtlinie zur Änderung der Richtlinie 91/477/EWG
Importance: High


Dear Members (français ci-dessous / Den deutschen Text finden Sie untenstehend),

Reminder: the European Commission is carrying out a public consultation on its proposal regarding the opening of the Firearms Directive on the following link:

We invite you to participate responding to the questions with the FACE position (attached).

We furthermore invite you to give it the widest circulation within your membership.

Please be reminded that you can reply in your national language.

The deadline for replying is 1 February 2016.

Kind regards,

Chers Membres,

La Commission européenne a décidé de réaliser une consultation publique sur sa proposition relative à l’ouverture de la Directive sur les armes à feu sur le lien suivant:

Nous vous invitons à y participer en répondant aux questions à l’aide du papier de position de la FACE en pièce jointe.

Nous vous invitons également à faire circuler cette demande de participation auprès de vos membres.

N’oubliez pas que vous pouvez répondre dans votre langue nationale.

La date limite pour répondre est le 1 février 2016.


Sehr geehrte Mitglieder,

Die Europäische Kommission führt eine öffentliche Konsultation über die Novellierung der Feuerwaffen Richtlinie.

Wir laden Sie ein, den Fragebogen zu beantworten, indem Sie die FACE-Stellungnahme (siehe Anhang) anwenden.

Wir laden Sie außerdem ein, dieser Konsultation die größte Zirkulation innerhalb Ihrer Mitgliedschaft zu geben.

Zur Erinnerung. Sie können in Ihrer Landessprache antworten.

ie Rückmeldungfrist endet am 1. Februar 2016.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen,


Director of Legal and Public Affairs
FACE – Federation of Associations for Hunting and Conservation of the EU
Rue F. Pelletier 82, B-1030 BRUSSELS
T: +32 (0) 2 732 6900
F: +32 (0) 2 732 7072

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