I can confirm being an Italian citizen that we are not allowed any semi-auto in 9x19 (9mm parabelum) while we are allowed to have 9x21 IMI or 9 Short (.380ACP). Hollow point bullets are also forbidden for self defense; only FMJ are deemed acceptable for self defense.
Any other caliber is allowed up to .50BMG (which is not allowed and represent the upper limit of small arms caliber for us).
Can you give some reference for this story? I would like to know more of it.