Dear fellow gun enthusiast
I am writing this appeal to inform every gun enthusiast out of Italy of a major attempt by Italian manufacturers to keep foreign and expecially US made firearms out of the Italian market which has just happened here in Italy.
With “urgent” regulatory decree nr. 79 of 2012 the Italian Government has just reclassified all "military looking" rifles – mainly AR15 family rifles in any caliber an any barrel lengh, but also ak family, sig, fal, m14, mp5.... issued directly for civilian market or ex military , and ex ordinance and s full auto converted in semiauto only - from the “hunting firearms” into the “sporting firearms” class.
This measure will:
• Hinder the import expecially of Ar15 style rifles, mainly made in the US, them to a waiting period of one year awaiting the Firearms Commission
approval, excluded for “hunting” class firearms;
• Prohibit hunting activities with these rifles which have been relegated to
“sporting” firearms and will be subjected to the more restrictive handgun
regulations with reduced possession rights of this kind of firearms (from
unlimited to 6);
• Will pave the way for further restrictions against possession of this
class of firearms, which are manufactured for 99% in foreign countries,
especially the US.
The worst part of the story is that this new legislation has been adopted
with the secret backing of major Italian manufacturers who are represented
in National Firearms Commission.
Since adoption of national firearms law 110 of 1975, every model of firearm imported or manufactured in Italy had to be approved by the National Firearms Commission (mainly composed of Government officials and representatives of Italian manufacturers).
The clumsy procedure created a year long process before the model was accepted which hindered manufacturing and import of the weapons with obvious damages to the industry and law abiding citizens.
With law 183/2011 this absurd procedure was momentarily cancelled for all
firearms but has now been reinstituted with the secret backing of Italian manufacturers.
It is obvious that this is a market protection measure travestied as a
public safety measure creating once more a distinguished market advantage
for Italian manufacturers.
This only the last of at least 3 attempts to restrict importation and
possession of “military looking” rifles since 2010, all of them strongly but
subtly backed by manufacturers represented in the National Firearms
Commission, most of all by Mr. Davide Pedersoli, CEO of Pedersoli
muzzleloading firearms who has been publicly voicing his personal opinions
that “you can’t hunt with an Ar15”, and has finally been successful.
Mr.. Pedersoli and other main firearms manufacturers, when confronted in
public, have tried more than once to fake ignorance on the matter but their
malfeasance is not credible as by article 6 of law 110/75 (National
firearms law), the Commission must be mandatorily heard BEFORE the adoption of any measure regarding weapons and explosives.
There is no way they “couldn’t know” ; the sad truth is that once more they
were too eager to exchange Italian citizens gun rights with easier licenses to export their stuff abroad.
BUT THE WAR HAS NOT BEEN LOST YET as the regulation must voted into law by
the Parliament within the next 60 days and Italian shooters are launching a
major boycott campaign against those manufacturers who have been subtly
backing the measure (PEDERSOLI, BERETTA, TANFOGLIO FIOCCHI) to make them
withdraw their support.
The help of fellow US shooters and manufacturers would be fundamental for
our cause since 95% of Italian products are exported in the US market which
is not protected at all.
If you would like to support our freedom cause please do not patronize
Beretta – Tanfoglio, Fiocchi and - especially - Pedersoli Firearms with your
purchases and make them know your reasons, spreading this appeal on the
Internet. We especially ask you to contact Mr. Val Forgett III, CEO of Navy
Arms - and the staunchest supporter of the right to keep and bear arms as a
basic human right - who is the major importer of Pedersoli firearms in the
US, to make him know what his purveyor is doing against the freedom of
Italian honest citizens and that you are displeased by that.
Mr. Val Forgett III email@example.com
Pedersoli dealers in the US (copy paste):
Beretta Italy : Fax +39.030.8341399 or +39.030.8341.1 or +39.030.8341.1
Beretta USA: firstname.lastname@example.org
Beretta USA dealers : http://www.berettausa.com/dealers/default.aspx
Tanfoglio dealers :
EAA Armory email@example.com
All others Tanfoglio dealers : http://www.tanfoglio.it/eng/usa-canada.php
Fiocchi USA : firstname.lastname@example.org
Fiocchi dealers : http://www.fiocchiusa.com/foa/CMS/Industry_Dealers.aspx
Fiocchi Italy : email@example.com
ANPAM (manufacturesr association) firstname.lastname@example.org
Brescia Gunmakers association email@example.com
Gunshops Association firstname.lastname@example.org
Many thanks in advance for Your help.