Signature of the Directive on firearms with the participation of Hans-Gert Pöttering, President of the EP, Janez Lenarčič, Slovenian State Secretary for European Affairs, Günter Verheugen and Arlene McCarthy, Member of the EP
End production: 21/05/2008 First transmission: 21/05/2008
The EP held the signature of the Directive on firearms on the control of the acquisition and possession of weapons, on 21 May 2008 in Strasbourg. The signing act reunited Hans-Gert Pöttering, President of the EP; Janez Lenarčič, Slovenian State Secretary for European Affairs and President in office of the Council; Günter Verheugen, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Enterprise and Industry; and Arlene McCarthy, Member of the EP, Chair of the Committee on Internal Market. Members of the EP called for new measures to update a 1991 directive on firearms to bring it into line with a UN Protocol on firearms and to generally update the text. The new directive, which will amend the text passed in 1991, will tackle the criminal use of firearms without inconveniencing legal users of weapons. The text proposed by the EP is a result of 18 months of work which led to a first reading compromise with the Council. The Directive calls for stricter rules, in particular an indestructible marking of weapons, a ban on geometric marking, strict rules of qualification of dealers, keeping digitised data for unlimited period, guidelines, rules of import of weapons into EU, 4 categories will continue to exist, limitation of how many firearms a single is allowed to own. The text includes control of the sale of guns over the Internet, reinforcement of the marking system, computerisation and extension of the period of the record keeping and an increased exchange of information between Member States.
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||Exterior view of the European Parliament in Strasbourg
||Janez Lenarčič, Slovenian State Secretary for European Affairs and President in office of the Council, talking with Arlene McCarthy, Member of the EP, Chair of the Committee on Internal Market, and Gisela Kallenbach, Member of the EP, before the signature
||Arrival of Hans-Gert Pöttering, President of the EP
||Hans-Gert Pöttering shaking hands with Günter Verheugen, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Enterprise and Industry, and with Arlene McCarthy
||Signature (5 shots)