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January 2017
Issue 8
Dear Friend of the Shooting Community,

I hope your new year is off to a good start.

Last year we faced new challenges that added to the old ones from the previous years, while many others will inevitably add in 2017, no matter whether from New York, Brussels or on a national basis.
 
It is in such difficult times for our sector that it is more than ever important to continue to stand united and support our common goals.

Therefore, I really hope to see you all at the WFSA Plenary Session that will be held in Nuremberg at IWA on 2nd March 2017 .

Yours sincerely,

 Herbert Keusgen - WFSA President
 
  1. Second Conference of Parties to the ATT (CSP2)
  2. UN General Assembly First Committee
  3. The Reopening of the Firearms Directive in EU
  4. Project FIRE - Fighting illicit firearms trafficking routes and actors at European level
  5. Conference "Conservation Through the Sustainable Use of Wildlife"
  6. WFSA Workshop "Social Media: the Most Powerful Weapon in your Arsenal"
  7. Developments on the issue of lead in ammunition

Second Conference of State Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty (CSP2)

On August 22-26 in Geneva was held the Second Conference of State Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty (CSP2). 

73 States Parties, 30 States Signatories, 5 Observer States, 12 Organizations and 21 International Coalitions of NGOs and associations attended the event. Several WFSA members were in attendance.

Among the main decisions that were taken, is the adoption by consensus of the Terms of Reference for the ATT Voluntary Trust Fund (VTF) and the appointment of a Selection Committee of the VTF composed of 15 States for the period up to CSP4

With regards to universalization, an informal WG to operate under the Terms of Reference was established.

Moreover, an ad-hoc open ended WG on “Effective Implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty” was established to exchange knowledge on practical issues, identify priority areas for capacity building and outreach on the implementation of the ATT, and elaborate guidance and/or recommendations. 

Also the initial and annual reporting templates were endorsed, and a public WG on Transparency and Reporting, responsible also for the preparation of materials and proposals for the CSP was established

Finally, with reference to secretariat’s matters, Mr. Dumisani Dladla was appointed as Head of the Secretariat and entered into force on 1st December 2016. The “Tribunal des Prud’Hommes (Geneva Tribunal) was recognised as the dispute mechanism applicable to members of the Secretariat. Amb. Klaus Korhonen (Finland) was elected by acclamation as the President for the CSP3, while Australia, Bulgaria, Guatemala and Sierra Leone will act as vice-Presidents. The third Conference of State Parties (CSP3)  will be held on 11-15 September 2017 at CICG in Geneva. Also informal preparatory meetings (dates TBD) will be held in Geneva.

To download all the documents, please click here.

 

The Reopening of the Firearms Directive in EU

The revision process of the EU legislation on the acquisition and possession of weapons for civilian uses, which began in November 2014 is still going on in Brussels. During the second half of 2016, political and technical trilogues were held between the EU Commission, the European Council and the Parliament to discuss the issue of the EC proposal to review the Firearms Directive, and on December 20, 2016, the Permanent Representatives Committee (Coreper) of the Council confirmed that an agreement was reached with the European Parliament. To read the press releases and fact sheet, please click here (link1 - link2 - link3)

Now the European Parliament will have to formally vote for the approval of the text in IMCO commission at the beginning of 2017 and in plenary the final vote is expected to take place in March 2017. 

WFSA Workshop "Social Media: the Most Powerful Weapon in Your Arsenal"

From 30 October to 1 November leaders from the shooting community gathered to learn more about the social media phenomena.  Perhaps the most important lesson was that it isn’t just a phenomena—it’s the new norm. Today billions of people get their information through the social media. That number keeps growing.  
Workshop presenters Dan Morgan and Andrea Luminati each brought their unique and extensive knowledge to the event. Morgan was the technician and discussed the more fundamental “how to” aspects of using the different types of social media. Luminati addressed the “what” and “why” aspects of using social media as a communications tool. The participants then walked through some interesting and entertaining scenarios that reinforced everything that was learned.   

Morgan pointed to the tremendous opportunity for companies and organizations to meet their core objectives, activate their communities, and engage new audiences. But he was quick to point out that “one must understand, and adhere to, the pre-existing structures and rules to best leverage them to meet core goals and objectives.”

Luminati emphasized “There is an awesome potential for those using social media to get their message out, but it can be a double-edged sword if not handled properly. When it is handled properly, a social media campaign will bring incredible results for pennies.”

Both presenters highlighted the absolute need for the shooting community to reach outside their comfort zone and tell their message to new and untapped audiences.  
“We as a community have such a great story to tell.  Social media gives us the most powerful venue yet to tell that story. Social media is here. It’s the new norm. We will either adapt to this new reality or we will find ourselves outdated and facing extinction” said Rick Patterson, chair of the workshop steering committee. 

Developments on the issue of lead in ammunition

On September 1-10 in Honolulu (USA), the International Union for Conservation and Nature (IUCN) held its World Conservation Congress where, among the several proposals for resolutions on the table, there was one on the phasing out of lead in ammunition.

The initial proposal was requesting all State Parties to prohibit the use of lead in ammunition as laid down in the 2014 CMS resolution and confirmed in 2015 by AEWA, and also the prohibition of lead in ammunition to in the next 2020 Olympic Games.

However, the coordinated efforts between industry and users associations brought to an extensive revision of the original proposal. Thanks to the on-site interventions of representatives of Conservation Force (USA), FACE (EU), SAAMI (USA), Safari Club International and the national support provided by the AFEMS and IEACS/ANPAM networks, it was possible to succeed in the approval of a non-binding resolution which only provides some recommendations to Member States, in line with what was already established at CMS in Quito (Ecuador) in 2014.

In Europe, ECHA restarted the process to harmonise lead metal classification as a toxic substance. The classification, which is a process under CLP regulations, refers to all forms of lead including lead metal and is expected to enter into force by the last quarter of 2017.

Moreover, following a request of the EU Commission, ECHA has started an Annex XV REACH procedure for the restriction of the use of lead in ammunition over wetlands. For this purpose, a call for evidence has been launched to which AFEMS replied by providing all relevant information.
 

UN General Assembly First Committee
The UN General Assembly First Committee was held in New York from 3rd October to 2nd November 2016. NGOs were given the opportunity to make their statements on 12th October. WFSA President, Herbert Keusgen, attended the meeting and delivered a speech on behalf of WFSA. 

Another speech was delivered by Ms. Tiffany Johnson on behalf of Second Amendment Foundation. Ms. Johnson is a female African-American attorney and university teacher who during her life suffered more than one gun-related personal loss, but then became a firearms safety instructor, a handgun permit holder, and a fervent advocate of the rights of individuals to defend themselves.


To view all the statements, please click here

Project FIRE:
Fighting illicit firearms trafficking routes and actors at European level
On November 25, 2016, in Milan (Italy) was held the Final Conference of the Project FIRE.

Project FIRE (Fighting illicit firearms trafficking routes and actors at European level) is an initiative started in 2015 by Transcrime - Joint Research Centre on Transnational Crime (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Milan) and aimed at improving the knowledge on illicit trafficking of firearms (ITF) through Europe, with a focus on routes and actors, and to suggest a range of recommendations and best practices in order to tackle it. 

AFEMS and IEACS have been involved in the project as Associate Partners since the beginning, providing data and technical expertise.

The study, which for the first time provides objective data on the incidence of crimes committed with firearms in the EU, analyzed all the news data available in the period between January 2010 and March 2015 relating to seizures and gun crimes committed in the EU and the deep web in order to identify the main actors involved, their modi operandi and products. 

This is the first study in Europe aimed at understanding the real phenomena of the illicit trafficking and shootings in EU28, ant the data collected on firearms seizures and shootings show considerably lower figures than the estimations circulated so far. 

The study will be officially published in January 2017.

To download all the presentations, please click here

Conference "Conservation Through the Sustainable Use of Wildlife"
From 30 August - 1 September, 2016, in Brisbane, Australia was held the Conference “Conservation Through the Sustainable Use of Wildlife”. 

Hosted by the University of Queensland (UQ) and with SSAA National as proud major supporter and committee organizer, this three-day event was a real success: around 200 delegates from universities, government, industry, hunting organizations and key stakeholders attended the conference exchanging their views and expertise on the topics of conservation and wildlife management.

The conference, held 22 years after its first gathering, provided a focus on future sustainable use practices and highlighted the central role of hunters as conservationists, and the need to work with landowners and farmers in order to adapt to the emerging societal, political, and environmental challenges.

For further information, please click here.

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