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    The Council of the European Union adopted negotiating position on the firearms control directive and will start negotiations with the European Parliament when the latter does the same, the press release by the Council said Friday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The directive proposes stricter measures in virtually every aspect of gun control, like acquisition and possession, traffic, deactivation and traceability among others.

    "After the tragic terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels the Justice and Home Affairs Ministers asked for a swift adoption of the directive. With this new directive the Netherlands Presidency has achieved a just and fair balance between an internal market for allowed firearms on the one hand and enhancing the security of EU citizens on the other," President of the Council Ard van Der Steur said, as quoted in the press release.

    Europe has been recently hit by a series of terrorist attacks, including in Paris on November 13, 2015 and in Brussels on March 22.

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