Czech Republic opposes tightening EU firearms directive

Czech Republic has opposed a tightening of the EU Firearms Directive from the outset and now demonstrates this publicly.

ECJ - European Court of Justice
Czech Republic files lawsuit against the EU firearms directive at the Court of Justice.

The Czech Interior Ministry has filed a lawsuit against the EU directive restricting firearms possession at the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Luxembourg, demanding an invalidation of the directive. The EU has exceeded its competences with the new regulations, according to the Czech Minister of the Interior, Milan Chovanec. "Such a massive punishment decent gun license owners is unacceptable for us," said Chovanec.

Chovanec considers the lawsuit as the only possible way to protect the country against the impact of the directive. He said the directive might threaten the country's internal security, for it could lead a large number of weapons to end up in the black market. 

Like many pro-gun associations, shooters and gun collectors, the Czech government always considered this directive too restrictive and useless, if not counterproductive. “Show me a single terrorist attack in Europe perpetrated using a legally-owned weapon,” Chovanec told parliament some weeks ago, adding: "We don’t want to disarm our citizens at a time when the security situation in Europe is getting worse."

Tightening of the EU Firearms Directive

HERA semiauto rifle
The EU Firearms Guideline provides for a limitation of the magazine capacity. The Czech Republic opposes it.

We have already reported in detail about the entire process of tightening of the EU Firearms Directive. Among other things, it comes to semi-automatic firearms are limited in their magazine capacity. 

Individuals may not possess semiautomatic handguns with more than 20-round magazine and semiautomatic rifles with more than 10-round magazine. Here you will find a summary of the tightening of the EU firearms directive with its further amendments.

At the end of June 2017 the Czech Parliament passed a constitutional amendment that gives legal gun owners a right to participate in the country's defense

Pistol of CZ
Czech Republic is committed to the legal gun owners and gives its citizens the right in the Constitution.

The new constitutional amendment states that citizens have a right to posses and carry firearms for the protection of their lives and property. Above all, they should be allowed to use their firearms in an emergency. Legal gun owners have a right to participate in the country's defense, including during terrorist attacks. The Czech Republic would be the first state in Europe to have this right in the constitution. It is the first state that trusts its weapon owners, too.

The EU directive bans some kinds of semi-automatic weapons that are popular in the Czech Republic, where 300,000 of its 10.5 million citizens are licensed firearm holders and  800,000 semi-automatic guns and pistols have been publicly registered. Of course there is also an economic factor behind this: in 2016, Czech companies such as CZ, for example, exported firearms worth a total 120 million euros.

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With the action at the ECJ, the Czech Republic once again shows that it supports its legal weapon owners. Other European countries do not even consider to complain against the EU directives. We just hope that politicians of all EU countries will strengthen the rights of the legal gun owners instead of weakening them.


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