Voice of America is reporting that the European Union plans to tighten rules governing the issue and use of guns, EU officials said after interior ministers were summoned to a crisis meeting in Brussels following the deadly attacks by armed militants in Paris.
According to a VOA release, “Ministers, who will meet on Friday, will try to push through quickly rules aimed at making it more difficult to acquire weapons and to track them better — possibly marking firearms with serial numbers — and do more to ensure that guns de-activated for sale as collectors items cannot be fired again.” The Voice of America (VOA) is funded by the U.S. Government. It is an international multimedia broadcaster with service in more than 40 languages and an estimated weekly global audience of 171.6 million.
VOA further reported, “Firearms can be de-activated so that they can no longer be used for lethal action. But loopholes and different national legislation among EU members can be exploited allowing for weapons, thought to be out of use, to be re-activated.” “This is particularly pressing because of evidence that the January attack on French magazine Charlie Hebdo was carried out with Kalashnikov rifles that had previously been decommissioned for legal sale,” VOA quoted EU officials as saying.
VOA reported the European Commission has been working since 2013 on new rules for common minimum standards across the EU on deactivation of weapons, and on a review of existing legislation on firearms to “reduce the legal uncertainty caused by national divergences,” an EU official said.