Topic: No 007 you can't have an H&K UMP9 on this mission!...EU April 2016
Something nasty is on its way from the EU which will hit collectors Europe wide!
As Bond collectors a number of us have a Walther PPK in our collection, some replica, some deactivated & outside of the UK some live weapons. From April 2016 new regulations come into force Europe wide regarding ownership of such items which at the moment are a bit on the vague side but all member states will by instructed to comply!
If you have a deactivated PPK which you can dry fire (for those not interested that means you can put a magazine in, rack or pull back the slide so the hammer can go click & move forward when the trigger is pulled) from April you can still own it but if you decide to sell it or indeed give it away? you have to get it deactivated again under a new specification where the magazine will be pinned or welded into the gun, the hammer & trigger will not move and the slide will be pinned or welded to the frame. The gun will then be re-submitted to a deactivation proof house as is currently the case for a deactivated live weapon. In short it will be welded up solid & I wouldn't mind betting that this work may cost as much as £120 or more? Of course if you purchase from a dealer once the new EU regulations are in place? he too will have to go through this process for the weapons he has previously had deactivated & that cost he will have to pass on to you the customer.
If as I know a number of collectors have, you own one of the original Kalashnikov AK47s used on Goldeneye? well things really start to get mad although I could put that stronger. Any deactivated weapon which was once a machine gun reverts back to its pre-deactivated CLASS A machine gun status & therefore private ownership is banned. The UK currently has the most severe deactivation process for such categories of once fully automatic live fire weapons which is everything you can't see is pretty much melted, cut up & effectively is a large blob of weld, nothing moves so we have weapons shape paperweights. Other EU countries have perhaps a more relaxed specification for such weapons which is where this current situation stems from.
So now we get onto Mr Bond who needs to be armed for his missions, no problem? you'd think so, you'd be wrong! As things stand the EU will allow banned category weapons such as "machine guns" to be kept by museums however even these will need to be deactivated and therefore be welded up solid. FILM & TELEVISION ARMOURIES who support the UK/Europe wide film industry may not be exempt from the new regulations? It really is that vague at the moment and potentially far reaching and clearly not very well thought over.
In the UK we have suffered two major massacres which involved legally held & therefore licensed weapons. The first on 19th August 1987, Hungerford, brought about the banning of semi-automatic rifles with a calibre larger than .22.
The second on 13th March 1996, Dunblane, where a complete head case decided to massacre 16 school children and 1 school teacher with multiple hand guns brought about after public outcry the banning of private ownership of all calibres of hand guns and was also where Donkey surrendered his firearm certificate and pretty much walked away from the industry.
Now remember these bans were live firearms, not deactivated firearms!
The current situation's justification is the EU being seen to be doing something after the deaths in Paris where it is believed a reactivated weapon (not UK specification) had been utilised which could just about kill a specialist section of the much respected British film industry if the British Government do nothing except bend over and say "thank you sir please may I have another"
For my part as a collector I have contacted the British Home Office with alternate solutions of control instead of banning including voluntary registration of deactivated weapons which would allow authorities to inspect them & if an individual has been daft enough to modify said weapon after it left the proof house then said weapon would be seized along with any others held followed by charges under the Firearms Act which has got to be better than banning the things and probably offering bugger all in the way of compensation?
One question I have posed I will share with you here. Some on AJB007 believe I have an operational knowledge on this subject, others probably think I'm full of it! You decide..
How will the EU decide what is and what is not a machine gun? will they publish a list of CLASS A prohibited weapons or will you rely on the classification type (eg: pistol, rifle, self loading pistol, self loading rifle, machine gun, light machine gun, heavy machine gun etc) stated on the hundreds of thousands/millions? of Deactivation Proof House Certificates issued over the decades?
As a "James Bond" genuine benchmark I give you this example. In Tomorrow Never Dies both Pierce Brosnan and Doug James use what appears to be a Costa Mesa manufactured therefore US made Armalite AR18 in the explosive pre-titles sequence, which is a selective fire machine gun however the Bond Armourer Karl Schmidt who is a bloody genius actually manufactured Bond's weapon out of a UK manufactured Sterling AR180 Sporter Carbine made for the civilian market which had a two position setting selector lever...SAFE & SEMI, therefore even though being able to burst fire on blanks only it was then & indeed is NOT now a machine gun. Its armoury documentation states it is a SELF LOADING RIFLE. Today like a large number of Bond's historic weapons it is a welded up solid paperweight.
So fellow collectors, you have been warned, this is coming. Granted there are perhaps hundreds of thousands of legally owned deactivated weapons in private collections be they a pistol worth £200 or a screen used prop worth £25,000?, once banning starts, where will it end? Personally I thought the UK imitation firearm laws (VCR) were nuts as they were put in place to ban a specific type of air weapon which had the potential to be and indeed was modified to cycle live rounds however the wording of the act pretty much banned everything "imitation" which included solid rubber movie props unless you were a museum or re-enactor?....this takes things to a whole new level regrettably.
My Grandfather died for this country & a free Europe....not very bloody free is it? (how quickly they FORGET?)
One possible side effect of the new regulations is it may just drive the manufacturer of Bond's German/French chosen side arm the Walther PPK out of business as Walther/Umarex manufacture .22 calibre semi-automatic live fire licensed copies of the Colt M4, Uzi carbine, variants of the H&K MP5 & Bond's H&K 416 rifle from Skyfall to name but a few. It is proposed that .22 calibre copies of military machine guns are also banned. They really haven't thought this through very well have they?
Last edited by ppw3o6r (9th Feb 2016 13:29)