The European Union’s Firearms Directive is taking steps forward. As usual TFB is “Firearms Not Politics”, but we need to give you the background and history of the upcoming Firearms legislation to be able to discuss what is going on. The Firearms Directive is called The EU Gun Ban, to give you an idea what is about to happen.
The European Firearms Directive is a law of the European Union which sets minimum standards regarding civilian firearms acquisition and possession that EU Member States must implement into their national legal systems. The Member States are free to adopt more stringent rules, which leads to differences in the extent of citizens’ legal access to firearms within different EU countries
The European Parliament voted on the commission’s proposal during its session on 14 March 2017.
The European Council approved the proposal by majority vote on 25 April 2017. The Czech Republic, Luxembourg and Poland voted against the proposal, and they continue to fight against the directive.
The Parliament passed the proposal by 491 to 178 margin after 4 minutes and 50 seconds with no public debate.
The Directive was published under No. (EU) 2017/853 on 17 May 2017 in the Official Journal. Member States were given 15 months to implement the Directive into their national legal systems.
This means that by August-September all EU countries must have implemented the minimum standards of the Firearms directive.
For more details you can check the Wikipedia, from where some of the background was taken.
In Sweden, as well as in all other EU member states, there has been an investigation going on how to implement the Firearms Directive.
The Swedish investigation and suggestion on how to implement the Directive into Swedish Law was presented on January the 9:th 2018, literally hours ago, and contains a whole lot of details in over 300 pages.
Below: The Tikka T3 Super Varmint – GP Rifle Special in 338 Federal. Suppressed! Check it out here.
We’re not going to bore you with all the negative details in the investigation, but what is worth mentioning is that the suggestion is that sound suppressors should no longer be considered a firearm and no longer require a license to possess, as long as you have a permit to own the firearm onto which the suppressor fits.
So if you don’t have a permit for a firearm, it’s illegal to own a suppressor for it.
I guess it means that if you have a suppressor that only fits a shotgun, you cannot have it on your handgun or rifle (long stretched example I know, but just as an example).
It will be interesting to see how they word it, as a text in a law book that should work in court. I don’t envy that job.
Below: Finnish Ase Utra on a Tikka T3x hunting rifle. With a BoreLok Quick Attach.
Regardless this is positive news, but possibly the only positive news.
Are the Swedish firearms owners jumping out of joy? Well, anyone with a firearm on a hunter’s license can already today apply and get a suppressor. It cost about 30 USD to apply and anything from a few weeks to a few months to get the paperwork.
As target shooter it is much more difficult to get a license to own a suppressor, almost impossible but not illegal. For them this is good news.
In the future, a Swedish firearm owner should be able to buy a suppressor just as you buy ammunition today, i.e. show your license.
Actually, this will go for magazines as well. If you have a permit you can but the magazine if it fits your rifle. So if you have an AR15 only you can’t buy or own a magazine for an AK, or an AR10 for that matter.
Below: From the “Implementation of 2017 years amending directive to the EU Weapons Directive”. In Swedish, partly translated below.
I’ll translate a small part of the picture above in section 4.13 “Control of other weapon parts “:
Page 209 (in the pdf) or page 207. You can download the full pdf here, but it’s 300+ pages in Swedish law so I dare you! (Below is auto translated by Google)
2018 Implementation of the amending directive 2074.13.
“Control of other weapon parts”
Silencers shall no longer be equated as a firearm according to Chapter 1 Section 3 of the Arms Act.
If you want to continue practice your Swedish skills I recommend The Muppet Show and The Swedish Chef, when he shoots a coconut. He actually tried twice.
In Finland (EU) and Norway (non-EU) sound suppressors for firearms are already license free.