What changes are illegal for guns?
Weapons Law 2020: The Bundestag has passed a new German Weapons Act - the Weapons Act will come into force in full from September 1st, 2020. These changes are coming
Commentary on the Weapons Act 2020 by VISIER editor-in-chief Matthias S. Recktenwald: "The worst case scenario ..."
... that was the headline of the gun rights activist and specialist dealer Katja Triebel and rightly so. There was Submissions with constructive and realistic suggestions for change, there were discussions, there were letters in heavy mass, there was a hint from the authorities that further aggravation only increased crime on paper, but not produced in reality and please act with moderation here, two petitions followed - Nevertheless, the members of the Bundestag decided that way, and with it Germany once again forced into a deliberately restrictive special route under gun law.This, in turn, leads away from what the EU was also aiming for with its directive, namely harmonization to create between the different national arms legislation of the individual Schengen member states. But that's even worse To evaluate the procedure in Berlin, in which all the meetings were held in a non-public manner, so that the associations concerned could only react in retrospect and then in a flick-like manner.
The coalition's compromise on the new gun law in detail:
The Constitutional Protection Inquiry:
That proven terrorists, imperial citizens and others have been proven Anti-constitutional people should not have legal weapons, that is obvious. But why does he do it Constitutional protection not in such a way that it reports unequivocally as appropriately classified persons to the National Arms Register (NWR)? With a view to the daily processes, this would certainly be less cumbersome and unfair than having to question EVERY legal weapon owner suspiciously at the VS with EVERY reliability check. Apart from the question of how you can find out that you may have been classified as unconstitutional and therefore unreliable in terms of weapons law.
Keyword magazines with high capacity:
Believe me - we are sick of the politicians' resistance to advice on this point. Still again: Magazines are consumables for shooters , these things can break, especially when used intensively. So everyone who shoots a lot has a stockpile. Most of the time, what you haven't done is keep the invoice. Well have this Cartridge tanks have no serial numbers or the like, by means of which they can be unequivocally a) identified and b) accurately classified chronologically. These are mostly simple elements with a body made of sheet metal (increasingly also with one made of plastic), often with a perforated scale for counting cartridges, inside a feeder spring and the correspondingly shaped feeder element that lifts the cartridges upwards and thus ensures their supply when repeating. Thereof in Germany masses in circulation whose number can certainly not be reliably estimated. Come in addition: Magazines are a collecting field, It starts with rarities such as the famous 32-round drum for the zero eight pistol and continues with the mags of countless companies that have built such things for the Colt M 1911 family or the rifles of the AR platform. Who wants to prove what was purchased and when? The question of pieces that have been legally acquired but subsequently forbidden since the much-discussed cut-off date of June 13th, 2017 should also be here what has already been addressed in the current VISIER issue 1/2020, namely the fact of the "real retroactive effect" which is considered constitutionally not permissible.
Gun ownership cards (WBK) and requirements:
Then the questions about needs and gun ownership cards. Here is the number with the Ten-weapon limit on the "yellow" - a real weapon in the fight against terrorism, I am thrilled. To be serious: Where does this suggestion come from in the last few minutes before the gate closes? What is it based on? Where is the forensically relevant, verifiable and correspondingly frequent circumstance that calls for regulation here?
Then the questions about the need: "est omnis divisa in partes duae", to spoil Gaius Julius Caesar's legendary beginning from his report on the Gallic War. Say: There are basically two types of need in connection with weapons: that to acquire and that to possess. To purchase, shoot at least once a month with EWB weapons for 12 months and then want to have a piece that is approved and required for the discipline, as far as clear. On the need to possess: You have to provide a certificate (association / club) to prove that you have played sport with your own weapon for the last 24 months before the needs test. At least once every quarter or at least 6 times within 12 months. Important: If the member owns both long and short weapons, proof of weapons in both categories must be provided.Also important: ten years after the WBK was first issued, an association certificate of membership is sufficient for the continuation of the need.
Keyword prohibition zone:
To get started with the knives: The tugging around the length of the blades is reminiscent of the old maneuver saying "Rin in the potatoes, out of the potatoes": First everything over six centimeters should be banned, then the proposal was off the table again now experiencing a renaissance in an intensified form. It is foreseeable that the law will be a overregulated and impractical bureaucracy disregard is - the why is explained in more detail below. Firstly, as I said above, the authorization is not tied to corners that are haywire; instead, the federal states are given maximum freedom to set up such zones. However, such generous extensions also require Surveillance personnel - where to get it from? Then the exceptions. And the AfIuH formulations twitch: the "Holders of gun permits" reads there - so everyone with a WBK (whatever) or a hunting license? Or should there be WBKs for knives with a blade length of 40 mm or more in the future? Then: tradespeople (in the case of professional activity), people in the care of customs and everyone who cannot get a knife from here to there - Question: What is "not accessible", is that finally being said exactly? To want to check and classify everything in individual cases, becomes unmanageable for the executing police officers - if EVERYONE is to be checked in such a gun-dog-poop area. Or according to which criteria do you even want to select the "test items"?
Final assessment of the new German weapons law that was passed today:
Totally wrong, because overregulated and not realistic. That this, too, will increase the displeasure with the parties that are decisive here and those who are likely to attract new supporters to the factions that are not so welcome, that is the foreseeable as well as sad consequence of such legislation. The new German Weapons Act will have significant negative consequences not only for sport shooters and hunters, but also for retailers and manufacturers. All of this under the guise of "internal security" and "counter-terrorism". The legal gun owners and the related industry are once again paying the bill for sloppy analyzes in which cause and effect are not thought through to the end. None of the counter-arguments or even the "much-noticed" petition were ignored. In return, however, advanced far beyond the requirements of the EU. One would just like to say: "typically German" - and really not in a positive sense. We are disappointed and appalled.
Important information on the entry into force of the new German Weapons Act in 2020:
Quoted from Article 5: Entry into force, expiry - published on February 19, 2020 in the Federal Law Gazette:
(1) Subject to paragraphs 2 to 4, this Act shall come into force on September 1, 2020. At the same time, the National Arms Register Act of June 25, 2012 (Federal Law Gazette I p. 1366), which was last amended by Article 86 of the Act of November 20, 2019 (Federal Law Gazette I p. 1626), is no longer in force.
(2) Article 1 number letter j, number 3a, 5, 26 and 26a as well as Articles 4a and 4b number 3 shall enter into force on the day after the promulgation.
(3) Article 4 shall enter into force on May 1, 2020.
(4) Article 4b nos. 1 and 2 shall enter into force on March 1, 2020.
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