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.
You can respond by completing a short survey or emailing the Home Office directly.
Reproduced from a BASC message.