Finnish volunteer militias on the Russian frontier, boar and elk hunters and the Swiss army’s pensioner reserve won reprieve on Thursday from tighter European gun control following last year’s Islamist attacks on Paris.
At a meeting of EU interior ministers in Brussels, officials accepted an array of objections and agreed to review draft plans that could have barred minors from owning firearms, restricted online weapons sales and, notably, banned private use of most semi-automatic rifles, like the Kalashnikovs used by Islamic State militants in the French capital in November.
EU and French officials, who have pushed to block loopholes, stressed that after the return to the drafting table the new regulations were still on schedule to be agreed by governments in June before sending to EU lawmakers. Diplomats and officials said the review should secure exemptions for special interests.
Pro Gun groups in Europe have been battling the immense monster that is the European Union and seem to have managed a temporary victory which I hope it becomes permanent.
They are not organized or have the level of grassroot support we have over here so their work is a thing of legend. Earlier this week, a member of the European Congress/Whatever tried to introduce basically a watered-down copy of Dianne Feinstein’s 2013 AWB after promising gun groups she was all for them and their rights. So basically they lie the same over there, just in a different language and with more body hair.