Traveling with your Airsoft device

We have received several questions regarding traveling by car or train from country A to country B, while crossing The Netherlands and taking your airsoft devices with you. To be able to do so you need to request an exemption with the Dutch Department of Security and Justice.

How to start traveling?

More information (in Dutch) can be found on this website: https://www.justis.nl/producten/wwm/wapenvergunning-aanvragen/ontheffing.aspx Including the form which needs to be filled in and send to the Department. Unfortunately the EAA can not assist in filling out the form.

Currently, we are working on an easier solution for international players together with the Dutch government. Please understand this is a long process! We will keep you informed as soon as there are new developments.
Kind regards,

Joachim Dekkers
President EAA

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EU Sport funding possibilities

As of tomorrow the new EU Sport funding possibilities for 2018 are open. For 2018 there is 37.4 million euro’s in funding available for sports related projects.

Want to apply for funding?

If your sports association wants to apply for funding you can check out the following website; http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/resources/programme-guide_en

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General Data Protection Regulation

On 25 May 2018 the new General Data Protection Regulation comes into effect. If your sports organisation keeps track of privacy sensitive information of your members, please make sure you abide by these new EU legislations.

Want to know more about this new regulation?

More information can be found on http://www.eugdpr.org/

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Member ČFA introduced Czech national Airsoft app

Our member the ČFA (Czech Republic) announced today their very own Google application where you can find all the teams in Czech. It includes not only Airsoft teams, but also contacts for Airsoft Playgrounds, Children Army Camps, Service and Sales! Based on a map you will find all airsoft needs nearby!

The app can be downloaded here from the Google Play Store:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.effortix.app163

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Update EU Firearm Directive

Yesterday Directive 2017/853 was published which is the new EU Firearm Directive. It will be in effect on June 13th 2017 and member states have till 13 September 2018 to implement it’s rules. For Airsoft please direct your attention to page 4 article 27.

Milestone

A milestone for our sport as the word Airsoft is being specifically named!
Please see this article in various languages which can be found here.

EAA Team

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Airsoft Sport in Europe allowed to continue after European Parliament Vote

The Result

Quote from the new EU Firearms Directive amendment proposal. Voting took place on the 14th of March 2017 with 70% of MEPs voting in favour of the proposal:

“Directive 91/477/EEC is not applicable to other items, such as airsoft devices, which do not correspond to the definition of a firearm and are therefore not regulated by that Directive.”

 

Overview

The Airsoft sport will survive in its current form after an extended process of negotiations and considerations between Members of European parliament and industry pioneers which began late in 2015 which many thought to be a swift change to firearms laws taking advantage of the terrible terror attacks in France and Belgium.

In this effort, the European Airsoft Association joined representatives from many other sporting federations affected by this directive to inform the decision makers of all aspects of our respective sports and advocate their positive position in European society.

While the European Airsoft Association has worked tirelessly to inform and influence the outcome of this directive, we are extremely thankful and proud of the combined efforts that we have shared with representatives of ASG and Cybergun amongst other individual players and enthusiasts to shape this outcome.

 

Interpretation

In no uncertain terms, Amendment 107 (A8-0251/107 Details found here: Link) of the Directive 91/477/EEC has passed voting with a direct reference that states that an Airsoft device does not correspond to the definition of a firearm, meaning that an airsoft device will not be affected by this directive.

By definition, AEG’s and AEP’s, GBB’s, BFG’s and HPA systems are Airsoft devices and will not be subject to new regulation at this point in time.

This is the best outcome that we could have hoped to achieve and one that has been hard won.

 

What Happens Next

Now that the majority the compromise text of Directive 91/477/ECC has passed voting, it will have to pass the Council of Ministers before it can be implemented. At this moment we have no time frame on this however we will publish further updates once we have more information.

 

The Future

Although the Airsoft sport has achieved a positive result this time around, we will no doubt be under scrutiny in the future.

Preparations for this have already began and EVERY airsoft player has influence in this. It is imperative that the airsoft sport becomes an organised and structured sport recognised across Europe, governed by national associations with principles that are harmonious across all territories.

To achieve this, you as a player can get involved in local clubs. Local clubs need to get involved in national associations and national associations need to join the European Airsoft Association.

Together with your support, we stand a far greater chance of protecting the Airsoft sport. Without you, we may not succeed next time.

 

National Association?

If your country does not have an association / Federation and you have the time to organise one, the EAA are here to help and guide you through the process. You will be supported by many well organised and long standing associations from all across Europe. Just as they support each other as respected member states of the European Airsoft Association.

EAA Team

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Help us to serve you!

We need help contacting national associations from nations not currently represented within the EAA

As most of you who have visited this site will know, we do not have representation for the majority of the European countries and this must change. consequently, to fix this we NEED your help! Every player stands to benefit from helping the EAA grow its borders so please act now.

Currently, our membership consists of associations from the following nations:

Belgium
Croatia
Czech Republic
France
Ireland
Netherlands
Portugal
Serbia
United Kingdom

We need more representation and we are not restricted to EU member states. we need ALL states in Europe to be involved.

If you see that your country is not on this list, and you know of a national association who should represent players in your country, we ask that you leave a comment below with their details or send us a message via our Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/europeanairsoft

In order for us to succeed in Brussels, we need to show we have the support of the majority of Airsoft players and associations within Europe. if you are not yet a member of your national association, Please register and encourage your friends to do the same. 2016 has shown that a unified voice for Airsoft in Europe is absolutely necessary to protect the hobby that brings so many new friends together.

 

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Happy Christmas Everyone!

The European Airsoft Association (EAA) would like to wish our supporters in every corner of the world and our member states a very Happy Christmas! What ever you find yourselves doing this season, let it be full of fun, family and friends.

Thank you all for your support through out 2016!

The year 2017

In 2017 the EAA will continue to stand for the protection of our beloved sport in Europe. Please continue to help us build our support base by liking, commenting and sharing our posts. So keep an eye on our website for our 2017 plans, because we need a strong voice for Airsoft in Europe.

With great respect,

The EAA Team

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The EAA welcomes its newest full member – The FFA of France

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Last Month the EAA member states unanimously voted in favour of the Fédération Française d’Airsoft (FFA) gaining Full EAA membership.

The EAA thanks the FFA for its application to join our association, we are greater and louder through this unity. At this time when our sport is finding its self targeted by anti-gun groups seeking to shut down an entire industry and hobby enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of players across Europe, we absolutely need to grow and strengthen our position on the world stage.

France now joins fellow member states in their efforts to educate local and international political parties to the importance of our sport and community. we welcome them into our shared commitment to protect law abiding and sensible Airsoft players across every corner of Europe.

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Important Update on Airsoft in EU Firearms Law

As you should be aware, since November last year the EU has been considering a proposal to amend the firearms directive which would classify replicas, including airsoft devices, as real firearms. They also wanted to ban any firearm of ‘military appearance’.

The result would be that nearly all airsoft devices would fall foul of the law and be banned from use by the public, and the few types that would be allowed would be extremely difficult for people to obtain and had to be registered individually. The authors of the proposal set out to get rid of replicas and thereby wipe out airsoft in the whole of Europe. We were looking at airsoft armageddon.

The European Airsoft Association was founded specifically to react to such a threat. Over the last 5 months we have done everything possible to save airsoft.DSC_0019

Our member associations have convened with their own ministers and governments. We have been working alongside people from the airsoft industry and manufacturers. We have energised thousands of players to write to their representatives through our ‘EU attack on airsoft’ campaign. We have attended many private meetings with members of parliament and members of the commission, as well as conferences and assemblies of the European Parliament.

At every meeting we have been raising positive awareness of our beloved sport, highlighting the ridiculousness and impracticality of the proposal, and trying to keep the airsofsport out of the scope of the European Firearms directive.

Our representatives and in particular President Joachim, have been to Brussels many times including a recent 2 day symposium.

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Before the community took action the EU were not even aware that there was a legitimate use for replica firearms. After the combined campaign, MEPs publicly mentioned the airsoft sport as a positive!

The initial proposal was officially reviewed by Vicky Ford MEP, and the EAA worked with her team to get the amendment we needed put in to her draft report. The report of the rapporteur carries enormous weight. The draft report has just been released this week, and it recommends the following amendment at the very start of the document;

(3b) The definition of the term “firearm” should continue to exclude objects which expel a shot, bullet or projectile by the action of a non-combustible propellant, for example through the operation of compressed air or other gas, including so-called airsoft guns, as well as objects which merely have the appearance of a firearm (replicas, imitations), provided in both cases that such objects cannot be converted to a firearm or do not contain an essential component which is capable of being used in a firearm. Member States should be able to regulate such objects under their national law.

Amendment 81 clarifies this and amendment 85 specifically defines and excludes airsoft devices by name a second time!

This is amazing news! The airsoft community has made its voice heard and defended itself!

It’s very important to understand that we have not won yet, as the Parliament still needs to vote to approve the amendment, but the finish line is in sight. If the amendments are approved, airsoft will be enshrined in European law as non-firearms! Our sport will be in a safer position than ever before.

Another thing we were concerned about is that ‘blank fire grenades’ would have be controlled as firearms, but after our lobbying to raise awareness of these devices, more sensible measures have been recommended and, if adopted, airsoft enthusiasts will be able to continue buying and using BFGs in game as normal.

The firearms community still look set to lose some categories of firearm so we stand with them, as fellow shooters. Likely adoption of the directive will be later in the year but the amendments to the proposal will certainly be discussed in the coming months. Please watch this website and our Facebook page for updates.

The European Airsoft Association team.

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Source:
Draft report on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Directive 91/477/EEC on control of the acquisition and possession of weapons

 

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