The European Union’s newly revised gun law was signed in the European Parliament on May 17. Member states now have 15 months to transpose the directive into national law.

“We have strengthened security in Europe without restricting citizens’ freedom,” said Anna Maria Corazza Bildt MEP, the European People’s Party (EPP) Group negotiator on the Firearms Directive.

The aim of the revised directive is to ensure that legally-owned firearms do not end up in the wrong hands. The revised directive closes dangerous loopholes, notably by improving common standards for deactivation, safe storage, increased traceability and better cooperation between national police forces.

“I want to reassure hunters and sport shooters throughout the union that they can continue to enjoy their activities. We are filling gaps in inadequate systems while preserving existing effective firearms legislation,” said Bildt.