The European Parliament has approved the European Commission’s proposal to reinforce the fight against firearms trafficking. The proposed measures will make the proper and complete marking of firearms compulsory by setting up a computerised data filing system. The proposal also aims to extend the time period for which firearms data must be kept and ban the purchase of firearms for persons younger than eighteen. Further, the new measures will align the existing directive on firearms with the “United Nations Firearms Protocol” to which the European Union acceded in 2001 and guarantee the use and recognition of a European Firearms Pass inside the European Union. The Commission’s proposal will now go to the Council of Ministers for final approval.