EU Plans To Restrict Semi Automatic Firearms

While perhaps not the most publicized recent development regarding the European Union, in recent weeks the political bloc has pushed forward with its plans to severely curtail gun rights across its 27 member states. On June 10, the European Council endorsed a version of the proposed changes to the European Firearms Directive pushed by the European Commission late last year in the wake of terrorist violence. The European Parliament still has a chance to weigh in on the issue, with a final vote scheduled for later this year.

In the immediate aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Paris, the EU’s quasi-legislative (and simultaneously executive) branch, the European Commission, expedited plans to set new minimum gun control thresholds for its member states. The centerpiece of the new restrictions is a provision that severely restricts civilian ownership and use of semi-automatic firearms, by placing many of these types of guns in the same category as fully-automatic firearms. Other proposed changes include a new rule placing a five-year limit on firearm license validity, and a requirement for a medical examination for prospective license holders.

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Texas Governor Elect Greg Abbott Will Sign Open Carry Bill

Just a day after becoming the governor elect for one of the country’s most powerful states, Abbott has announced that he will sign an open carry bill if it reaches his desk during a post election day press conference.

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Ammo Dealer Feels Targeted by Obama Administration’s ‘Operation Choke Point’

Kat O’Connor, owner of TomKat Ammunition, was puzzled as to why her Gaithersburg, Maryland business was denied certain services from a bank and suspects the Obama administration’s Operation Choke Point.

“I believe the failure of Congress to enact strict gun control led to this method of starving manufacturers out of business,” O’Connor told TheBlaze. “I also believe this is an unfortunate abuse of power. Sadly, I don’t see how this is any different than a mafia-style shakedown, promising to leave banks and card processors alone if they ‘play along’ by foregoing money from certain industries, regardless of their legal status.”

In her case, O’Conner said she was denied a credit card gateway for customers and an online pay portal even though her business has always complied with federal and state regulations.

“I do not believe this is mere coincidence,” she said. “It would not make good business sense and is counter-intuitive for banks and card processors to drop or deny legitimate business activity on their own, unless it was somehow in their best interest to do so.”

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