On 19th November, a news release from the EU reported that the EU Council had adopted a new EU strategy against illicit firearms, small arms and light weapons (SALW) and their ammunition.  It says that the EU Council is committed to preventing and curbing the illicit trade in SALW and their ammunition and is promoting accountability and responsibility with regard to their legal trade.  The new strategy takes into account the evolved security context, including the threat of terrorism inside the EU and developments in SALW design and technology affecting the capacity of governments to address the threat.

Small arms and light weapons (SALW) and their ammunition are military grade weapons; they include –

  • small arms: assault rifles; military grade semi-automatic rifles and carbines; military grade revolvers and self-loading pistols; light machine guns; sub-machine guns, including machine pistols;
  • light weapons: heavy machine guns; cannons, howitzers and mortars of less than 100 mm calibre; grenade launchers; recoilless guns; shoulder-fired rockets and other anti-tank and air defence systems that fire projectiles, including MANPADS (portable anti-aircraft missiles systems), all on condition they are man- or crew portable;
  • SALW parts and accessories (such as night scopes, sound suppressors, etc.) and SALW ammunitions.

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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