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EU rule creates mechanism for firearm transfer information sharing

February, 2019

Regulation should ‘improve the way EU countries currently exchange information on transfers of firearms’.

The Commission of the European Union has published a delegated regulation, under Council Directive 91/477/EEC, ‘for the systematic exchange, by electronic means, of information relating to the transfer of firearms within the Union.’ The EU says that the regulation ‘aims to improve the way EU countries currently exchange information on transfers of firearms and puts in place an electronic exchange system. This will help ensure that authorisations for the transfers of firearms are exchanged in a systematic way and are not issued based on fraudulent documentation, which will in turn improve the security of EU citizens.’ The rule is part...

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