Mon. Jan 30th, 2023

31 January 2022

Today, new rules are beginning to apply concerning the systematic exchange of information between Member States on refusals to grant authorization to possess a firearm.

Competent national authorities will now be able to check, using the Internal Market Information System, whether a person applying for a license to possess a firearm has been refused a similar license in another Member State. This will prevent people from trying to circumvent gun bans by seeking the most accommodating jurisdiction among member states.

Improving the legal control of firearms is a priority of the EU action plan against firearms trafficking for the period 2020-2025. The new rules will help protect Europeans from organized crime and terrorism, in line with the Counter-Terrorism Agenda presented in December 2020 and the EU Strategy for Countering Organized Crime presented last April.

Source EU Commission (translated by Google Translate)

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