King wants an agreement that would restrict the circulation of fully automatic and converted semi-automatic weapons in such a way that safeguards their legitimate use. FIREARMS UNITED agrees with this aim – the safeguard of legitimate use, that is.
King believes that the European Commission, Council and Parliament can come out with effective control measures against criminal misuse of firearms. We don’t think that any possible compromise between their current positions could have any effect on illegally held firearms. It would, instead, have a huge negative impact on legally held firearms, their owners and the civilian firearms industry that supports more than 580,000 jobs in small and medium enterprises.
MEP Jussi Halla-Aho, co-chair of our Firearms Directive Conference, asked the right questions in LIBE committee to Sir Julian King, the new Commissioner for Security Union
MEP Jussi Halla-Aho : Mr. Commissioner, you know in previous dialogue I asked for your views on the Commission proposal for a new firearms directive. Now that the triallogues are underway I would like to repeat the question and I would appreciate an answer more concrete than that you aim for a fair and balanced outcome.
So will the Commission continue to insist stubbornly on a total ban and confiscation of semi-automatic sporting rifles?
Despite the fact that this line has been heavily criticized in both the European Parliament and the Council. And despite the fact that no criminological study suggests this particular type of legally acquired and possessed firearms we’re a threat to public security.
Does the Commission consider starting to respect the EU’s own principles of good legislation?
From your initial brief remarks I got the impression that you are rather enthusiastic about the Commission proposal. But i hope this is a false impression.
Julian King, Commissioner for Security Union: On the particular question of firearms – raised by one of the Honorable members – I’m terribly sorry – I am enthusiastic about the Commission position. I think you would be very surprised if I took any position other than to support the Commission position.
But as I set out I do really want us now to find a way of agreeing together what we’re going to do in this area.
Because I think more than a year on from the events at Bataclan it is getting quite hard to explain publicly why it is we stucked.
Now in order to reach an agreement, it has to be an agreement that all parties can rally to: the Commission and the States and the Parliament. So I don’t at all want to take away from the very detailed debate that is taking place on how exactly to formulate effective controls.
But I do hope that we will be able to find an agreement soon. And that agreement will restrict the circulation of fully automatic and converted semi-automatic weapons in a way that respects their legitimate use in different communities, in different parts of our society.
That I think is the aspiration and I hope we were able to realize it.