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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Operation MEP

Airsoft players of Europe- this is it. This is the big push, this is where you can save airsoft in Europe or let it be crushed. As you probably already know, the EC has presented a proposal to amend the firearms directive. There’s some really heavy handed stuff in the proposal, but the worst for airsofters is that they want ALL REPLICAS to be classed as firearms. This is going to make most airsoft replicas prohibited, make the few remaining ones licensed, and this will kill airsoft. This is how we fight it;

TASK 1: SEND LETTERS NOW! On the link below is a pre prepared letter which you can copy and send to your MEPs. Search on-line, find your MEPs email addresses, copy and paste this letter (and modify it however you like).

TASK 2: SHARE THE HELL OUT OF THE PAGE! Make sure your friends, everyone you play with and interact with knows about this draft letter, let the shops know, the sites, the forums, everyone! Too many people are in the dark about this sudden and huge problem.

TASK 3: TRANSLATE! We’ve started with the English version but within a week I would like to see the post available in all of the 23 recognised languages of Europe. If the letter is not available on the page in your language, translate it and email the translation to us ASAP president@euroairsoft.org and we’ll add it to the site.

It would really help if you posted the replies you receive on this page https://www.facebook.com/groups/455851477935788/?fref=ts or email them topresident@euroairsoft.org so we can see how things are going and spot supporters in particular committees.

Don’t forget to insert your name, and add your MEPs name. Don’t forget to add your address to the top if you are posting a letter.

Here’s the link to the letter;

http://www.euroairsoft.org/index.php/additional-documents/operation-mep 

Like us on Facebook or watch this news page for more information as it comes in https://www.facebook.com/europeanairsoft/?fref=ts

Matt Furey-King, President European Airsoft Association

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Forum

You’ll notice the forum is down. We’re experimenting with replacing the forum with a Facebook group, to increase participation. You’ll find the group here

EAA Public Facebook Discussion Group

Feel free to ask us or discuss anything. Try and keep the discussion away from replicas, gear, game play etc. as there are many other good discussion groups for these subjects. We’ll fix the forum tab as soon as we get chance.

Matt, President

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Halt the EU attack on Replicas!

Please watch this video for a short summary of the situation.

https://youtu.be/dxrhkFqunBM

Here’s the full explanation;

For many years The European Airsoft Association has been concerned that a European directive could damage or even ban airsoft. Once implemented, all EU member states are obliged to put regulations into local law. At that point it’s too late, you cannot stop it in your own country. Unless we act, this exact scenario could happen very soon.

An anti-firearms group within the EC has published a proposal which primarily aims to get rid of all semi auto live firearms and most deactivated firearms. They are playing on people fears after the horrible terrorist attacks of the last year, but this is a cynical excuse for them to pursue a pre-existing agenda. The terrorist attacks have been carried out with illegally held weapons that have mostly come from military armouries via armed conflicts in the Balkans. These events are not connected to civilian firearms or to replica firearms either.

Although they present no argument against the current status of non-convertible replica weapons in the paper they throw in this subtle, yet devastating change to the classification of replicas-

(iii) In Category C, the following points are added: “5. Alarm and signal weapons, salute and acoustic weapons as well as replicas

This would mean that all replicas in Europe would become ‘firearms subject to declaration’. This would mean the following changes (subject to local laws);
• All replicas would need to be registered
• You would need to apply for permission to own a replica and would likely be subject to checks and licencing
• All replicas would be allocated a serial number
• You would require a European firearms pass to take replicas to a foreign country
• Internet sales would be banned (as the proposal also puts forward a ban on remote sales for all firearms).

We believe this change will be impractical, extremely hard (probably impossible) and expensive to implement, take resources and focus away from criminals and terrorism, will ruin a thriving airsoft retail industry and will not make citizens safer at all. As you may be aware, a worrying historic occurrence in some European countries has been forcing the register of firearms as a precursor to a ban and confiscation.

Here’s what you can do to prevent this-
1. Share this news story. Get the word out to your airsoft friends and contacts. Translate it into your native language. Use the hash tag‪#‎airsoftineurope‬

2. Fill out the feedback form for the proposal.https://ec.europa.eu/transparency/regdoc/…

3. Email your MEP. Tell them why they need to vote against this proposal!

4. Email a member of SEDE (EU Subcommittee on Security and Defence)http://www.europarl.europa.eu/committe…/…/sede/members.html…

Please stick to these rules-
• BE NICE! We want to win them over to our point of view, not make them see us as angry, unpleasant or single minded! Most MEPs won’t even be aware of the change affecting replicas, or the consequences of the change.
• STICK TO THE POINT. Tell them that non-convertible replicas should not be classified as firearms by being added to Category C of directive 91/477/EEC
• TALK ABOUT YOU. Tell them about how the changes will hurt you and your friends, your industry, your hobby. Talk from a personal perspective.
• FEED BACK THE RESPONSES. Forward all responses you get to me, furey_x (at) yahoo.co.uk . We need to know how MEPs feel about this paper. I am building a database of the airsoft allies and supporters.

This amendment is being fast tracked (they are even going to skip the normal Economic impact assessment) and could be voted through in a very short space of time, so you need to act as soon as you read this (if you haven’t already).

Airsoft players should also stand with their cousins in the live firearms and deactivated firearms communities, they will also have their hobbies destroyed when none of us have any connection to recent events. Together with them, it is possible to act as a huge grass roots body and put down this ridiculous proposal. The EAA will also be lobbying the EC directly so like our FB page and we will keep you up to date with any new information.

Matt Furey-King, President European Airsoft Association

Sources-

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
https://ec.europa.eu/…/regdoc/rep/1/2015/EN/1-2015-750-EN-F…

Council directive (91 /477/EEC) (specifically, annex 1, Category C — Firearms subject to declaration)
http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/…

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