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states have reached an agreement on stricter gun controls following awave of terrorist attacks across Europe over the past two years. Temove aims to limit the


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means bywhich extremists could obtain deadlyweapons legally but has stopped short of a full clampdown on semi-automatic weapons across all countries. At the end of last year theEU


Commission announced that 28members reached a political agreementwith theEuropean


fter a year ofwrangling, EuropeanUnionmember


Parliament to tighten gun control laws that have been in place since 1991. Te debate on stricter gun


controlmeasures has been ongoing since 2015, following the Paris attacks that left 130 people dead. EUpresident Jean-Claude


Juncker said: “We have fought hard for an ambitious deal that reduces the risk of shootings in schools, summer camps or terrorist attackswith legally held firearms.Of course,wewould have liked to have gone further but I amconfident that the current


agreement represents amilestone in gun control in theEU.” Te provisional political


agreement – to be ratified imminently – retains amajority of what theCommission originally proposed, such as the ban of automatic firearms transformed into semi-automatic firearms, the inclusion of collectors and museums in the scope of the directive, the regulation of alarmand acousticweapons, the regulation of internet sales, the regulation of deactivatedweapons andmore exchange of information


betweenmember states. At the same time, the


Commission regrets that some parts of the original proposal were not supported, including a complete ban of themost dangerous semi-automatic firearms, including all semi- automatic firearms of theAK-47 orAR-15 families,and a ban of assaultweapons for private collectors.TeCommission also regrets that themagazine sizewas not limited to 10 rounds for all semi-automatic firearms. •Continued on page 6


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