Czech Interior Minister Milan Chovanec has already completed the text of his Country's complaint against the recently amended European firearms directive, now infamously known as the "EU Gun Ban"
The decision has been in the air for quite some time – as we remembered back on May 25th when the official text of the new European firearms directive was published on the Official Journal of the European Union – and now everything is in motion as confirmed by local press sources: the Ministry of Interior's complaint against the EU Gun Ban is ready to be lodged at the European Courts of Justice.
The Czech government will meet in the next weeks to decide when, and in which terms, the complaint will be lodged.
Announcement came on June 4th by Czech Interior Minister Milan Chovanec during an interview at Otázky ("Questions") – a talk show that airs on the Czech national television Česká Televize tackling political and current affairs.
During his interview at Otázky, Mr. Chovanec said:
The directive harms Czech citizens [...] It worsens psychological climate towards Europe.
Milan Chovanec has always been a staunch opponent to the EU Gun Ban. Back in April 2016, he had officially stated that:
In my opinion, in a historical moment when the world is becoming less and less safe, disarming the law-abiding is outright illogic.
The Czech Republic has one of the most liberal gun laws in Europe, with a high number of concealed carry license holders if compared with the European average. Czech Republic is also one of the safest Countries in the European Union, with about 180 murders every year; in comparison, Germany has 690 and the United Kingdom has 720.
The UK, a global leader in gun control. has been struck twice by terror attacks that an armed citizen could have stopped on the spot, reducing or outright preventing the loss of innocent lives.
All through its history, the Czech Republic saw only one mass shooting, which was not averted due to lack of effective communication between local administrations, health authorities, and Law Enforcement: the Czech laws state that antisocial behaviour or an unstable mental state mandates the suspension of all gun licenses and seizure of firearms.
Czech citizens value gun ownership as a symbol of the freedom they conquered after decades of Communist rule, and the approval of the EU Gun Ban sparked a wave of protests in the Country in the past weeks and months.
As we all know all too well, and as Mr. Chovanec also wanted to underline, there is not one single known case of a terrorist committing an attack in Europe with a legally-obtained firearm; and yet the new European firearms directive – pushed through the European Parliament amidst procedural violation and with the use of blatantly fake data in its support – only restricts the market of legal sporting, hunting and defensive firearms, gravely infringing on the internal affairs of the Member States, and does nothing to tackle the permeability of the outer borders of the Union, which allows criminals and terrorists to smuggle large quantities of military-grade weaponry.
The deadline for filing a lawsuit with the European Court of Justice against the new European firearms directive expires on August 7th, 2017, but the Czech government is very likely to act much before that. It is yet unknown whether or not other European Countries will want to support the lawsuit, but gun rights advocacy groups – such as the Firearms United network – are likely to support it actively if given the chance.