Hi Guys, this is serious.
The anti gun lobby in the EU are seeking to piggyback the terrorist attack in Paris to further their anti gun political agenda.
MAKE NO MISTAKE, this will kill our hobby by this summer....
I request EVERYONE sign here:
Rather than re write this, here is an email I got from a good friend and dealer Ian Durrant:
As I am sure some of you will have heard by now the EU has come out with a knee Jerk reaction new Legislation due to come into effect after next July, on the back of the new draconian standards for deactivation due in February 2016, however in case you haven't I thought I'd email everyone just in case as we are all going to need to get together on this and write to MEP's, MP's and the Home Secretary ASAP, the new deac standards are due to be law in February and in force 3 months later, this will mean that all LMG/MG etc will have to be dead welded, magazines welded in to everything, visible slots in revolver barrels and much more. However the massive sting in the tail is the July Regulation.
I am still trying to digest the ramifications but at the moment all appears to me as explained below, but at the moment the July regulation will mean at the least:
The ownership of the following deactivated weapons will be banned:
SMG's, MG's, LMG's, any Semi Auto assault type rifle that looks like a military weapon (so terrorists would turn their noses up at one that doesn't then),
All Live or deactivated Artillery, mortars, tank guns, aircraft guns, even the torpedo tubes on a preserved MTB, there is no date or calibre limit so in effect whether it is a 25Pr gun or a Boer war period 12Pr (depending on how the law is interpreted with regard to obsolete calibre and firing replicas, possibly also civil war cannon!) it will be banned, and don't think it can be got away with by putting it 'on ticket' These type of weapons will be put on a list of Prohibited Weapons under the heading of 'Any weapon capable of firing a military explosive projectile'.
All deactivated weapons will have to brought up to the new EU spec before they are sold (shotguns, pistols, bolt action rifles is all that will left).
All deactivated weapons retained will have to be Registered-what this means we don't know yet. But how are the police going to register 50,000 plus deactivated weapons (including the stuff to be banned)?
So what about museums? Well they will be able to keep what they have but it will have to be deactivated, can you imagine Bovingdon Tank Museum, the Royal Armouries Pattern Room, The Brussels tank museum, The IWM having to deactivate every gun they have?
And remember this affects the WHOLE of Europe, so while the EU is a faceless body there is a vast number of people and businesses who are starting the fight back, but we don't have much time. So, step one, sign the petition (link below).
Step Two write and visit your MP, write to your MEP and The Home secretary, you can write to both your MP and MEP at the web site below very easily.
https://www.writetothem.com/ There is a stakeholders meeting at the HO very soon so letters to the HO ASAP would be useful. The level of correspondence in 2005 helped to stop the VCR act ban on deact's, this time however we are fighting the faceless EU.
You should also point out that the weapons used at Charlie Hebdo and Paris were black market AK47 and in the Charlie Hebdo attack they were reconverted blank firers which had been used for drill parades not reactivated deactivated weapons, the authorities have no real handle on the scale of black market supplies, but with all the AK's floating round in the Balkans after the conflicts there supply through organised crime will be simple enough. I have met Serbians and Bosnians who have told me they routinely slept with an AK under the bed in their own countries.
Make the powers that be aware of what is happening, but what is going to really worry them is the cost in compensation, you can Cite the EU Human Right act which clearly says that payment has to be made and also the precedent set by the Pistol ban in the UK. It is the national Governments that will have to foot the bill not the EU so when they realise that this will cost hundreds of millions of pounds/euro's this might have an effect, think of things like Lewis Guns, Vickers Guns, the loss in value of the retained weapons, the loss of historical pieces as museums cannot hold everything, the costs to the owner of a Spitfire or a replica Sopwith Camel, or Sherman Tank or Chieftan etc. And then start factoring in all the spare parts that will be of no use, and like the pistol ban will have us demanding compensation for them and for businesses loss of future business.
I know many of us went though this is 2004/5/6 with the VCR act and then a couple of scares after that, but this is serious and threatens every collector and every related business in the UK. We stopped the VCR bill, perhaps, maybe, just maybe, we can make the EU see sense by pressuring our own Government?
Last; join the Deactivated Weapons Association ASAP and also spread the word and get everyone active, the bigger the authorities realise this is the better the chance we have of overturning this legislation by getting the HO to understand and then the EU, the scale and size of this. We are not just a handful of people with a niche hobby easily walked over, we are many!