The Crackdown Begins: Europe Just Passed "Strict Controls To Make It Difficult To Acquire Firearms"

Tyler Durden's picture

Back on September 11, Zero Hedge predicted the events which unfolded in Paris last Friday (and the resulting aftermath) with uncanny accuracy. Specifically, we said that "as the need to ratchet up the fear factor grows, expect more such reports of asylum seekers who have penetrated deep inside Europe, and whose intentions are to terrorize the public. Expect a few explosions thrown in for good effect" and we added that "since everyone knows by now "not to let a crisis go to waste" the one thing Europe needs is a visceral, tangible crisis, ideally with chilling explosions and innocent casualties. We expect one will be provided on short notice."

It was two months later.

But it was the "fine print" forecast that was most troubling.

... the second key role of ISIS is also starting to emerge: the terrorist bogeyman that ravages Europe and scares the living daylight out of people who beg the government to implement an even more strict government apparatus in order to protect them from refugees ISIS terrorists.



Certainly expect a version of Europe'a Patriot Act to emerge over the next year, when the old continent has its own "September 11" moment, one which will provide the unelected Brussels bureaucrats with even more authoritarian power.

And while we are awaiting for a full blown European version of the Patriot Act, we can say that the second part of the forecast just came true, because this morning The European Commission announced it had adopted a package of measures to strengthen control of firearms across the European Union and meant simply to make it "difficult to acquire firearms."

The package was adopted under the title "European Commission strengthens control of firearms across the EU."

President Juncker said: "The recent terrorist attacks on Europe's people and values were coordinated across borders, showing that we must work together to resist these threats. Today's proposal, prepared jointly by Commissioners El?bieta Bie?kowska and Dimitris Avramopoulos, will help us tackle the threat of weapons falling into the hands of terrorists. We are proposing stricter controls on sale and registration of firearms, and stronger rules to irrevocably deactivate weapons. We will also come forward with an Action Plan in the near future to tackle illicit arms trafficking. Organised criminals accessing and trading military grade firearms in Europe cannot and will not be tolerated."


Internal Market and Industry Commissioner El?bieta Bie?kowska and Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos added: "The adoption of the firearms package today is proof of the Commission's determination to address the new reality we are confronted with. We need to remove regulatory divergences across the EU by imposing stricter, harmonised EU standards for firearms and ensuring efficient exchange of information between Member States."

As Xinhua summarizes, the measures will help prevent terrorists from accessing weapons in the EU, better track legally held firearms and increase cooperation between member states, it said in a statement. The package of measures includes a revision of the firearms directive to tighten controls on the acquisition and possession of firearms, which need to be approved by the European Parliament and European Council.

An implementing regulation on common minimum standards for deactivation of firearms is included in the package, which sets out common and strict criteria on the way member states must deactivate weapons.

This regulation will be published immediately in the official journal and will enter into force after three months.

Putting this in perspective, the Patriot Act took months - the Commission's crack down on weapons was completed in under 5 days.

And while on average European citizens are less weaponized than the US (except of course for the safest people in Europe, the Swiss, where 30% own guns ), just like that what little armaments can be obtained legally has been drastically reduced. As for whether this "Crack down" by Brussels bureaucrats will put even the tiniest dent in the procurement of weapons by ISIS, we have just one word: Chicago.

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And here is the fact sheet released by the Commission to explain the prompt appearance of this proposal.

What changes to the Firearms Directive is the Commission proposing today?

On 18 November 2015, the Commission tabled proposals to amend the EU Firearms Directive (Directive 91/477/EEC as amended by Directive 2008/51/EC), the main objectives of which are:

To make it more difficult to acquire firearms, including deactivated firearms

  • Stricter conditions for the online acquisition of firearms, to avoid the acquisition of firearms, pieces thereof or munition through the Internet;
  • Stricter rules to ban certain semi-automatic firearms, which move from Category B to Category A and will not, under any circumstances, be allowed to be held by private persons, even if they have been permanently deactivated;
  • The inclusion of blank-firing weapons (e.g. alarm, signaling, life-saving weapons) in the scope of the Directive, because of their potential to be transformed into firearms.
  • Further restrictions to the use and circulation of deactivated firearms. National registries should keep records of deactivated firearms and their owners. Under no circumstances will civilians be authorised to own any of the most dangerous firearms falling under Category A (e.g. a Kalashnikov), which is currently possible if they have been deactivated. The enforcement of the ban is a national responsibility, and Member States have all necessary tools at their disposal including the destruction of illegally held deactivated arms;
  • Collectors, as defined by national law,are currently excluded from the scope of the Directive. The Commission is proposing today to change this, since collectors have been identified as a possible source of traffic of firearms. In the future, collectors will have the possibility to acquire firearms, but subject to the same authorisation/declaration requirements as private persons.
  • Brokers will be brought into the scope of the Directive, since they provide services similar to those of dealers. Member States will have to introduce regulation covering the registration, licensing and/or authorisation of brokers and dealers operating within their territory.

Better traceability of firearms

Tighter rules on marking of firearms to improve the traceability of weapons by making them harder to erase (e.g. by affixing markings on the receiver), extending the obligation to imported firearms and clarifying on which components the marking should be affixed. Member States will have to keep the data until the destruction of the firearm (i.e. not only for 20 years as currently the case).

Stronger cooperation between Member States

Better exchange of information between Member States, for example on any refusal of authorisation decided by another national authority, interconnection of national registers to ensure full European cooperation, and obligations for dealers and brokers to connect their registers to national registers.

What are the common standards on deactivation?

Today's package of measures also includes an Implementing Regulation imposing stringent minimum common guidelines for the deactivation of firearms which will render reactivation much more difficult.

The Firearms Directive specifies that weapons which have been rendered unfit for use are no longer considered firearms but pieces of metal which can move freely within the internal market without authorization/declaration. However, recent experience shows that deactivated arms can be illegally reactivated by using pieces from other deactivated arms, home-made pieces or pieces acquired via the Internet. The fact that there is no harmonised way to deactivate weapons across the EU increases the security risk.

To solve this problem, the Commission has prepared a Regulation that sets out common, strict, harmonised criteria on how Member States must deactivate weapons so they are rendered unfit to use. This is complemented by the ban on the possession of Category A firearms – even when they are deactivated. The Implementing Regulation is based on the criteria for deactivation developed by the Permanent International Commission for the Proof of Small Arms (the CIP).

The Commission has been negotiating this Implementing Regulation with Member States since April 2015 in the context of the comitology procedure, with discussions intensifying in the last few weeks. The draft text sent to Member States on Friday 13 November was adopted in committee on 18 November, following which the College adopted the implementing act on the same day.

What is the Commission doing to curb illegal trafficking of weapons and explosives?

In addition to the adoption of these stricter rules and standards today, the Commission also announced new plans to develop an action plan against the illegal trafficking of weapons and explosives. Issues to be tackled in this future action plan will include:

  • The illegal purchase of weapons on the black market;
  • The control of illegal weapons and explosives in the internal market and especially their entry/import into the single market (especially from the Balkan countries or ex-war zones);
  • The fight against organised crime.

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And always remember, they are from the (unelected) governmentm, and they are not only here to help you, but make your life safer.

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Duc888's picture





yea, that'll work.



Ignatius's picture

All the more reason that the false flags and false narratives need to be exposed and the spell broken, otherwise we get stuck with heavey, unfettered promotion of unwise policies.

Pinto Currency's picture



The best way to stop terrorism is to take away guns from law abiding citizens.

Thank goodness for unelected EU representatives.

Ignatius's picture

Really takes advantage of the happy fact that normal people don't want to shoot other people, though the 'solution' promoted is hopelessly naive.

Pairadimes's picture

This will definitely keep Syrian Refujihadees from stopping by the corner gun store for their full auto AK47s.

mkkby's picture

So all of europe will be a gun free zone.  Smart thinking.  Now the sheeple can be abused by their ruling class with no way to fight back.

The terrorists can be thanked for this.  Couldn't have worked out better if it had been planned.

Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

Since most White European men are disarmed already, this can only help to convince some how despicable their leaders have become.

Hey European men... it's time to grow a pair and protect your women, because your bureaucrats have proven themselves to be incapable of protecting them. Or not... it's your loss.

WTFMOFO's picture

Fuck, they might as well make it harder to get suicide vests while they are it.  Fucking idiots.



Tonald J Drump's picture

coming to USSA if Hitlery gets in ....  #TRUMP2016

new game's picture

lolololololol, still lolololooloolllolllollolo,ing...

A Nanny Moose's picture

Why not ban cans of soda, while they are at it?

Just when you thought they'd achieved Full Retard, all new levels of full retarder surface.

PT's picture

Aust govt banned guns twice.  Then they sent us to war twice.  Left me thinking, do they want us to know how to use guns or not?  Still get shootings in the news every three weeks or so, and then there was that guy in Sydney - you know, the one where the TV stations shut down every other story for the entire day so they could concentrate on one nutter ... who, maybe he wasn't listening when the govt told him he wasn't allowed to have a gun anymore.

We already had "anti-gun" laws, but some fuckwit thought we didn't have enuff.  They like it when the problem doesn't go away.  Then they can use the same excuse to provide infinite more "solutions" ...

SixIsNinE's picture

that's "victim disarmament zone"  -  h/t AJ

ACP's picture

Everyone knows the solution is just to re-ban guns. And when crime goes up, re-ban them again.

Rinse and repeat until you have North Korea.

Colonel Klink's picture

Or EU genocide, like Germany, Cambodia, China, or any other place who banned citizens from having guns.

Crash Overide's picture

No matter the law, bad guys always seem to get guns...

The Juggernaut's picture

What does Nigel Farage think of all this?


We must stop the Saudi funding of extremist ideology in our country.…

Vatican_cameo's picture

Transform all of Europe into a "Gun-Free Zone".  That will surely solve the problem.

lincolnsteffens's picture

Easy as pie. No problem with posting the military along the borders of the EU. How many thousands of miles is that?

No one would ever think of violating the law by sneaking weapons into a gun free Euro Zone. Surly even terrorists and other criminal gangs have more respect for the law than to do something so impolite.

froze25's picture

Nigel uses logic and reason, hence they ignored him and came up with this BS.

Normalcy Bias's picture

Yep, MILLIONS of immigrants cannot be stopped from sneaking into the E.U., but weapons, drugs, etc. can be stopped.

The same argument holds true for the U.S..

froze25's picture

What was that you say?  I was too busy feeding my Unicorn some magic beans while my leprechaun was playing his harp.  Did I mention that this was all done under a rainbow.

Crash Overide's picture

You have a unicorn AND a leprechaun?

SixIsNinE's picture

you haven't sampled from his bong, eh?

fockewulf190's picture

No, it´s white privilage.

Urban Redneck's picture

As far as I am aware they haven't even published the trace results of the firearms used in Paris.  If they had been purchased legally, the gun grabbers would touting that fact on State-sponsored TV 24/7.  Therefore, it is relatively safe to presume NOT ONE firearm used in Paris was acquired legally and the regulations will have ZERO impact with respect to reducing future attacks.

Baa baa's picture

Probably part of the "Fast and Furious" escapade.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

All you need to know, is that Jihadists/ISIS/DAESH use US-made AR's when fighting in Iraq an Syria, but when abroad, they prefer Russian-made Khalashnikov AR's.

"They are the most interesting terrorists in the world", you might say.

Latina Lover's picture

Following in the great tradition of Hitler, Mao and other leaders that give our criminal Elites an erection, the Act should be renamed  to read:  Protection of Banksters against Citizens Act.

Blackfox's picture

Hitler only band guns from the communists and actually promoted gun use and lowered the age Germans could use them. Stop sounding like you have been edJEWcated man!


css1971's picture

Would you like me to post the complete (translated) text of the law which removed all dangerous weapons from the hands of the target group before they decided to murder them on a factory scale? No?

Here it is anyway:

Regulations Against Jews' Possession of Weapons

11 November 1938

With a basis in § 31 of the Weapons Law of 18 March 1928 (Reichsgesetzblatt I, p. 265), Article III of the Law on the Reunification of Austria with Germany of 13 March 1938 (Reichsgesetzblatt I, p. 237), and § 9 of the Fuhrer and Chancellor's decree on the administration of the Sudeten-German districts of 1 October 1928 (Reichsgesetzblatt 1, p. 1331 ) are the following ordered:

§ 1

Jews (§ 5 of the First Regulations of the German Citizenship Law of 14 November 1935, Reichsgesetzblatt 1, p. 1332) are prohibited from acquiring. Possessing, and carrying firearms and ammunition, as well as truncheons or stabbing weapons. Those now possessing weapons and ammunition are at once to turn them over to the local police authority.

§ 2

Firearms and ammunition found in a Jew's possession will be forfeited to the government without compensation.

§ 3

The Minister of the Interior may make exceptions to the Prohibition in § 1 for Jews who are foreign nationals. He can entrust other authorities with this power.

§ 4

Whoever willfully or negligently violates the provisions of § 1 will be punished with imprisonment and a fine. In especially severe cases of deliberate violations, the punishment is imprisonment in a penitentiary for up to five years.

§ 5

For the implementation if this regulation, the Minister of the Interior waives the necessary legal and administrative provisions.

§ 6

This regulation is valid in the state of Austria and in the Sudeten-German districts.

Berlin, 11 November 1938

Minister of the Interior



Hitler confiscated the weapons before committing genocide. It's just how things are done.

Blackfox's picture

You believe in the Holoahoax? there was no Genocide - try reading a book on it and doing some Google as well.

You know how they lied to you about Iraq?

and how they lied about Syria?

and How thety lied about Libya

and how they lied about Isis

guess what, they lied about WW2 too.


If you are here you should be smarter then the average Joe yes?

Start with this - it is what got me going Wtf...


And as for banning Jews from guns, that's because communism was Jewish run.    -  see above,7340,L-3342999,00.html


also the Gas chambers was built in 1947 - admitted by Dr Piper the head curator of Auschwitz museum - interveiw by a Jew as well.

lincolnsteffens's picture

After the Germans rolled into Austria the citizens were disarmed by the same one sided crime reporting about guns  as is now used in the US.  First to help control the "rising" gun murder rate, the Germans convinced and demanded the Austrians register their guns. Once the guns were registered, constant news media reports of gun crime continued. Eventually the people were ordered to hand in their weapons or face execution.

MalteseFalcon's picture

Because terrorists use legal guns, right?

Totally predictable. 

These guys think fascism and a police state will save them.

Good luck

new game's picture

to the point post(wish/think/hope/pray/act)

Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

And this will stop exactly ZERO people from driving weapons in from Turkey/Russia/Ukraine/etc. Leave it to the socialists to think that this is going to make anyone safer. Gun laws are for people who obey the laws. People intent on mayhem will ALWAYS be able to find/acquire firearms.

So long, Europe. You are now complete slaves. You may as well as convert to Islam now, for you have no means to fight back. Bend over, stick your heads between your legs and kiss your collective asses goodbye.

froze25's picture

Euro males have had their testicles removed well before this happened.  Make sure you thank a "progressive" today for all the hell, excuse me support they have given us over the last 100 years.

lincolnsteffens's picture

The US is not far behind the Europeans. There is a large segment of the population that is rabidly bent on confiscation. These poor people have been terrorized by the media and are hysterical at the thought of anyone but "authorities" having guns. It is a well engineered mind capturing program based on historical examples of success.

AllMightyDollar's picture

I saw a movie where only the government had firearms ...... It was called "Schindler's List"

Bastiat's picture

It will work to disarm what few Europeans are armed and stop many who wish they were.

Hype Alert's picture

Didn't mass graves originate in Europe?  You would think they knew better by now.

Hype Alert's picture

Don't mean to sound cold, but if you're going to bury a lot of people, the first thing you do is disarm them.  Most mass murderer/suicide jobs tend to rush to the suicide step at the first sign of armed resistence.  That's just a fact the authorities and media intentionally leave out.

lincolnsteffens's picture

Austrians have cleaned out the gun shops as reported recently on ZH

hannah's picture

i have heard the audio from the attacks and these guys had fully automatic weapons. how does banning semi-auto do anything related to isis/terrorists...?........and gun collectors are trafficers? that is bullshit because there isnt 'trafficing'. isis just brings in guns they have (given to them by obama) locals arent buying guns in a back alley....

Latina Lover's picture

Yeah, that will stop ISIS. Now that they cannot buy weapons legally, as good citizens, they will abide by the law, LOL./sarc off.

If the citizens were armed, you can be damn certain that the death toll would have been much lower. Could you imagine ISIS trying to replay Paris in Houston?


nuubee's picture

Prepare for a new flood of right-leaning Europeans into the U.S. as refugees... I would welcome them.