You'll remember that Crown joined this group over a year ago to help address issues exactly like this one. She heard back from fellow TTF member Dr. Vito Genco, who is the WFSA Executive Secretary EU and chairman of the European Sport Shooting Forum. He received a clarifying statement directly from the European Commission. The letter basically states that member states with rules allowing the carriage of ammo may continue to do so under the new regulation. Those national rules simply need to be part of their national air safety rules, the National Civil Aviation Security Programme (NASP) or other national rules or legislation. Furthermore, the letter explains that the regulation does not require member states to stop allowing the carriage of ammo. It does, however, require that member states that currently don't have such national regulations develop and include them in an updated NASP if they wish to allow the carriage of ammo.
Many of the member states do have such regulations in place already. The problem is that some bureaucrats, security agents and airlines may interpret the regulation as a requirement and, therefore as an excuse to prevent you from flying with your ammo. The potential for problems is great. John Svalby, Legal Affairs Officer of the Federation of Associations for Hunting and Conservation (FACE) and also a TTF member, says his organization began mobilizing in each of the 27 EU member states early on to intervene at the national levels regarding this issue. The organization hoped to have........(continued)