The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) Party in the European Parliament tabled amendments to the EU’s Firearms Directive, which will be voted on next week. The ALDE group disagrees with the final consensus reached.

According to ALDE, the new directive impacts millions of legal owners in the EU, such as sport shooters and hunters, instead of tackling illicit arms trafficking.

“The European Parliament has given up too easily on its position,” said MEP Dita Charanzová, who is also ALDE spokesperson on the Internal Market. “The Directive now misses its principle aim, which was to support the fight against terrorism in Europe. It does not bring any new instruments to effectively do so, such as clear and harmonised regimes for deactivated firearms. Instead of limiting illicit trade with firearms, it limits the rights of legal owners.”

In a similar vein, MEP Gérard Deprez, Substitute Member of the LIBE committee, said: “If you really aim to tackle illegal arms trafficking in Europe, it is not only naive to allow unrestricted online sales of guns directly to consumers, it is simply irresponsible. That is why, we want to limit the online sales to business-to-business transactions only, as initially proposed by the Commission.”