Censor.NET reports citing Ukrinform
Gun control legislation has been different in the EU so far. Thus, the proposals, which have to be approved by the European Council and the European Parliament, aim to improve tracking of legally possessed firearms, make information exchange among EU member states more efficient, and ensure that deactivated firearms are rendered inoperable.
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"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… will help us tackle the threat of weapons falling into the hands of the terrorists," European Commision President Jean-Claude Juncker said.
The proposed measures include a ban on private personal possession of certain semi-automatic firearms, tighter rules on the online purchase of firearms, parts and ammunition, introduction of common rules on marking to improve the traceability of firearms, as well as introduction of obligation to interconnect national registers of weapons.
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The future action plan against the illegal trafficking of weapons and explosives will tackle the illegal purchase of weapons on the black market, the control of illegal weapons and explosives in the internal market (especially from the Balkan countries or ex-war zones), and the fight against organized crime.