European Commission Passes Regulation Affecting Travel With Ammo


Published: May - 2010

The European Commission has passed a new regulation that would prohibit the transportation of ammunition in the baggage hold of commercial airlines. The regulation goes into effect April 29th affecting countries in the European Union. The same regulation, however, allows for an exemption of sporting ammunition as long as it is in compliance with safety rules and "national rules permitting carriage." What is that supposed to mean? To get an answer, Hunting Report Editor Barbara Crown contacted the European members of the Transit Task Force (TTF) developed by the World Forum on the Future of Sport Shooting Activities (WFSA).

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)

 
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