Extracts from the press conference by Cecilia Malmström, on how to reduce gun related violence through stronger EU action
Type: Summary of press conference
Brussels - EC/Berlaymont
On 21 October 2013, Cecilia Malmström, Member of the EC in charge of Home Affairs, presented at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium, a Communication containing suggestions on how to reduce gun violence in Europe. It aims to identify actions at EU level, through legislation, operational activities, training and EU funding, to address the threats posed by the illegal use of firearms. The Commission identified four priorities under which several concrete actions are considered: increasing pressure on criminal markets; safeguarding the licit market for civilian firearms; reducing diversion of firearms into criminal hands; and building better intelligence. The actions put forward in the Communication will facilitate both legal trade in the internal market and law enforcement cooperation in identifying and disrupting organised criminal groups.
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||Exterior view of the Berlaymont building in Brussels, Belgium
||Cecilia Malmström, Member of the EC in charge of Home Affairs, arriving to the press conference
||General view of the audience
||Soundbite by Cecilia Malmström (in ENGLISH): So, what we are doing today is to point out possible actions on how to reduce gun violence in the EU. Ideas to address the threat posed by the illegal use of firearms across the whole lifecycle of weapons, including production, sale, possession, trade and deactivation. We can reduce gun violence by tightening the EU internal market Directive on the possession of weapons by reducing access to particularly dangerous weapons models for civilian use. The Commission will also look at a common approach on how to mark firearms with serial numbers when they are manufactured in order to help to trace them. Concrete solutions to procedure for the licensing of weapons will also be examined. We will look as I said on the technical challenges related to the 3D printing and the illegal delivery of firearms by postal services. Common EU rules on how to deactivate firearms might ensure that once firearms have been taken out they can remain inoperable. There is also need to consider EU legislation when it comes to criminal sanctions to be sure that deterrence works in all Member States, and that there are no legal loopholes. Such rules could prescribe from firearm offences should be subject to criminal sanctions and foresee the level of sanctions that should be imposed by Member States. We should also do much more regarding training and coordination between the police and customs authorities.
||Cutaways of the audience (3 shots)
||Soundbite by Cecilia Malmström (in ENGLISH): So the priorities that we have identified in today's Communication will now be discussed with the European Parliament, Member States and stakeholders in view of defining concrete initiatives including possible legislation to prevent and reduce gun violence in Europe.
||Cutaways of the audience (2 shots)
||Cecilia Malmström leaving the press conference