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:
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—
- energy from propellant gas, or
- 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—
- 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
- 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.
WORK PARTY 18 May
The workparty is on Saturday 18 May commencing between 9 and 9.30 am
Please could you bring along some tools,creosote brushes and paint containers for the creosoting, plus crowbars,hammers drills etc to disassemble the 100 yard hut,
We need to, sort out the 100 yard hut, put in a new bridge andhand rail at 100, fix the new McQueen target, renew some of the steps and all sorts of things. Any help would be appreciated. There may be some sand to shift as well.
The club doesnt run itself so if you can help then please do.
Scores now posted to the Results page. Great day and well shot all. If you werent there Why Not?
Some pictures from today.
For historic reasons we (I) have been reluctant to make much of the contact feature as there have been issues with all manner of unpleasantness in the past. That aside the ddrccttee@bt etc email address has been playing up and I can only get messages if I log directly into the server (I don’t do this often). I cant get anywhere with fixing this so please don’t use it any more as it wont get looked at.
We have a new general communication email for club items at
– should work a bit better.
Dont forget the Work Party on 18 May and the AGM on 9 June.
The Kirby Cup is a 2 x 7 at 3/5 & 6 The AGM is on the 9 June, not after the shoot (long story)
Scores on the results page, well shot to everyone. Not may people but we all had a good shoot so your loss.
The next one is Service Rifle so we will see you then.
Dont forget the Work Party on 18 MAy and the AGM on 9 June.
Good turn out on a chilly but pleasant day. Over 50 scores recorded and we managed to move things along reasonably promptly. The results are on the scores page.
The main competition was for Classic Sniper Rifles at 200 yards but the moderns shot as well. It is a smaller scoring rings on the 200 McQueens and a particularly small V bull.
This was reflected in the scores but there were some good results. The top classic shot was Neil B with 45.2 (the No 4 had a modern scope) but we will let him off with this once.
Kevin M and Dean H both managed 50.2’s that is good shooting on this surprisingly difficult shoot.
Anyway it was a good day and worth turning up for.
The next shoot is a Queens 1 (2×7 at 300, 500 & 600) TR rifles shoot first but open to all and the AGM follows the shoot in the club house.
Scores are on the results page – Well shot all. The shuffle round of the details seemed to make it go a bit quicker so we will probably stick with that until we decide to change it again.
It’s the classic McQueen next but all are welcome etc.
We have loud things on the range from time to time but there is only one Gary and his M44′ Spare a thought for the chap next to him!
Washout, pity really.
On a brighter note the next shoot is a Gallery Rifle and a date for your diary is
18 May for a Work Party!
Add it to your diary and come along and help the club
Sundays shoot is the Penguin Trophy that is 2×10 at 300 with a .303 and 2×10 at 600 with a 7.62 target rifle. The TR shooters will go first and then everyone else can shoot and we will organise it so the muzzle brakes don’t upset anyone.
Horsham will be putting in a team although you will probably recognise them.
Scores posted to the results page. The team even was shot with teams of Three and was won by Horsham with 248.16 against our 233.6. We seem to be a bit limited on TR shooters at the moment and had to let two of ours shoot for Horsham. Still it was fun to dig out the 303’s and try to get a decent score on a modern 7.62 target.
It was a good day and all those who turned up enjoyed it.
The next one is a Scoped Rifle so I will try to think up a course of fire that is both challenging and doesn’t take all day to get through – no pressure then.