Slovenian National Assembly

Proposal for a DIRECTIVE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL amending Council Directive 91/477/EEC on control of the acquisition and possession of weapons

Scrutiny details

Subsidiarity deadline: 02/02/2016
Scrutiny Information

Scrutiny date: 15/01/2016

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Information on parliamentary scrutiny

The Committee on the Interior, Public Administration and Local Self-Government discussed the Proposal on 11 January 2016 and

The Committee on EU Affairs of the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia adopted at the meeting held on 15 January 2016 the following Position

The Republic of Slovenia agrees that amendments to Council Directive 91/477/EEC on control of the acquisition and possession of weapons (hereinafter: Directive 91/477/EEC) are necessary in order to prevent crime with weapons and in the light of technical developments and trends regarding weapons for civilian use produced and offered on the market of the European Union and the world market.

We have reservations as to the proposed solution that automatic weapons that have been converted into semi-automatic weapons, semi-automatic weapons for civilian use that resemble automatic weapons, and weapons from point 1 to point 7 of Category A that have been deactivated be classified under prohibited weapons. We believe that tightening the conditions for the purchase of weapons for civilian use will not contribute to the prevention of crime with weapons or terrorism, since most of the crimes in which weapons are used are committed with weapons that come from the illegal market (the "black market").

Re-classifying weapons from category B7 to category A makes no sense; moreover, the term "resemblance" used in the directive is an undefined concept and adds legal unclarity to the regulation. We believe that fire power rather than resemblance should be used as a criterion for the classification of weapons.

We do, however, agree with the proposed amendments to Directive 91/477/EEC that regulate the unique marking of weapons in all EU Member States, the adoption of common standards and techniques for the deactivation of weapons, and the use of a standard form of the certificate for deactivated weapons in all EU Member States.

We believe that the amendments to the Directive should clearly define the meaning of the terms used in the field of weapons, since problems arise in practice due to the different understanding of terminology across Member States.

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