Commission proposes tighter firearms rules after Paris attacks

The European Commission on Wednesday proposed measures to make it harder for individuals to access firearms.

Belgian police stage a raid, in search of suspected muslim fundamentalists linked to the deadly attacks in Paris, in the Brussels suburb of Molenbeek, November 16. 2015.    REUTERS/Yves Herman

The measures are part of a broader effort to crack down on terrorist activities following last week's attacks in Paris.

"Organised criminals accessing and trading in military grade firearms in Europe cannot and will not be tolerated," European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, has said.

Juncker said that the proposals included a ban on certain semi-automatic firearms, tighter laws on buying weapons online, common rules to mark and trace weapons throughout the EU.

He added that it also included better information sharing between member states and stricter conditions for collectors to buy guns.

The commission, Juncker said, also proposed EU-wide standard for the deactivation of firearms to ensure that the process is irreversible.

Last week Friday, attackers armed with Kalashnikov rifles and explosive vests killed 129 people and injured hundreds more in a spate of coordinated attacks across Paris.


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