The Council and the European Parliament today reached a provisional agreement on updated EU rules on the import, export and transit of firearms into and from the EU. The new rules aim to close the loopholes for firearms trafficking, while facilitating trade and movement of firearms used for legitimate purposes.

The revised firearms regulation aims to limit firearms trafficking by having common rules and licencing and authorisation procedures, coordinated controls and better traceability of firearms for civilian use. This will prevent legally manufactured and exported civilian firearms from being diverted into the illegal market.

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