More FAC Restrictions

The shoot this wekend is cancelled due to the bike ride but instead of shooting you can do the consultation to try to prevent more restrictions on FAC grants and renewals. The message below is from BASC. You need to take part in the consultation. If you dont then its your fault if this comes to pass. It will take 5 minutes.

Gents – you’ve probably already seen this Government consultation (see e-mail below) but it is essential that as many shooters respond as soon as possible otherwise we all face more draconian legislation and more hurdles to jump to renew our Licences. The proposed 10 yearly Licence renewals are welcome, but if it becomes mandatory to obtain a Doctor’s medical declaration upon renewal, but there is no obligation on a Doctor to engage with the process, or to keep any fees at a reasonable level, then the potential ramifications are obvious. This could be very serious if it is your Doctor who happens to be opposed to anyone holding firearms fullstop and simply refuses to take part. The proposals do not put any legal duty on the Doctor to even consider your request.

This consultation closes on 17th September 2019 so please ensure that you respond before then.

 

Do not simply rely on others doing this, please submit your own views to protect your sport and your rights, as the more responses the Government get pointing out the glaring errors in their proposals the greater the chance they will do something about it and make amendments.

 

Please forward this message onto anyone you know who shoots and invite then to submit their views.

Firearms licensing consultation

Please respond today!

BASC urges all shooters in England, Wales and Scotland to respond to a consultation that could lead to a significant change in firearms licensing.

The Home Office is consulting on draft statutory firearms licensing guidance for chief officers of police in England, Wales and Scotland.

The proposals would make it mandatory for anyone applying for the grant or renewal of a shotgun or firearms certificate to have their medical declaration information verified by their doctor. However, the proposals place no obligation on the doctors to take part and there is absolutely no guidance on a reasonable charging regime.

BASC wants an efficient, cost-effective, robust system of firearms licensing that protects public safety and provides excellent service to the shooting community. We believe that all parties in the licensing process in England, Wales and Scotland should have statutory duties and must include the doctors.

Combined with an obligatory encoded reminder on medical records, this will facilitate the introduction of ten-year certificates, reducing the burden on the police, doctors and the shooting community.

Click here for the consultation documents.

You can respond by completing a short survey or emailing the Home Office directly.

Click here to complete the consultation response survey.

Click here to email your views to the Home Office.

Reproduced from a BASC message.

Modern Mc Queens

Scores on the results page. Some good shooting but we have seen better. Still having a fourth target in play made the shooting faster with less hanging about.

Those who attended had a good time and after a slow start there were a few 50’s. This is a shoot that is harder than it looks.

The next shoot is Service Rifle so see you then.

Sunday 9 June, Knight Cup, Gellibrand Shield & AGM Updated

The weather was fine and we had a good turn out for the shoot.

The scores are on the results page. The shoot was based on a 3/5/6  2×10 fired with the A Whyte being 300 & 500 and the Gellibrand Shield being 500 & 600.

We held the AGM afterwards and that went off without a hitch so its business as usual. See you at the next one, Modern Mc Queens.

 

 

Work Party

The work party took place on Saturday and a massive thanks to those who took part in it. The club relies on volunteers and whilst I know many of you have other commitments (me as well) We all owe a huge debt to those who gave their time.

Amongst a long list of tasks the team managed to:-

creosote all the outside furniture and huts, fix some hand rails, add a wider bridge at 100 so we don’t have to get Phil out of the ditch, fixings for the 4th McQueens target and at long last resurrect the 100 shelter and shift a load of Sand up to the butts.

The photos below show the results but don’t really do justice to the effort involved.

When the next call goes out then please see if you can contribute as well.

Thanks again to all

 

Offensive Weapons Act 2019 – MARS & Lever Release

Nots from the gun Trade Association – we knew it was coming!

The Offensive Weapons Bill was granted Royal Assent yesterday, 16 May 2019, and is now an Act of Parliament.

The Offensive Weapons Act 2019 introduces new prohibitions under the Firearms Act 1968 on certain rapid-firing rifles and “bump stocks”, which increase the rate of fire of self-loading rifles.  You will shortly be able to view the 2019 Act via the following link:
https://services.parliament.uk/Bills/2017-19/offensiveweapons/documents.html

The prohibitions come into force with effect from 16 May to the extent that they prohibit the manufacture, sale, transfer or acquisition of such weapons.  The prohibition on possession will come into force at a later date, following the completion of the surrender and compensation arrangements (see below).

The 2019 Act adds two new subsections to section 5 of the Firearms Act 1968.  For certain rapid-firing rifles there is a new subsection 5(1)(ag) which prohibits:

any rifle with a chamber from which empty cartridge cases are extracted using—

  1. energy from propellant gas, or
  2. energy imparted to a spring or other energy storage device by propellant gas,

other than a rifle which is chambered for .22 rim-fire cartridges.

For “bump stocks” there is a new subsection 5(1)(ba) which prohibits:

any device (commonly known as a bump stock) which is designed or adapted so that—

  1. it is capable of forming part of or being added to a self-loading lethal barrelled weapon (as defined in section 57(1B) and (2A)), and
  2. if it forms part of or is added to such a weapon, it increases the rate of fire of the weapon by using the recoil from the weapon to generate repeated pressure on the trigger.

Compensation and surrender arrangements

Sections 56 to 59 of the 2019 Act set out the surrender and compensation arrangements which must be followed before the prohibition on the possession of the above weapons can come into force.  The arrangements are subject to secondary legislation before they can come into force.

Details on the arrangements for applying for compensation will be published in due course.  These details will include who can apply for compensation, how they can apply, timescales for applications, what information owners need to supply to evidence ownership, and surrender arrangements.