Te death of a 15-year-old shooter while out shooting at night in Cumbria recently has prompted BASC to call for shooters to put safety first, especially when out after dark lamping and flighting.
Edward Gabbert, of Panel Holme Farm, near Broughton in Furness, was shot near his home while on an authorised night-time shooting trip.
He died in Manchester Children?s Hospital following the incident. A 35-year-old man was arrested by police on suspicion of manslaughter and released on bail until January, pending enquiries.
Although the case is still under investigation, this tragic incident has led the BASC to produce advice for shooters when out at night. Steve Bloomfield, director of BASC?s English regions, told Shooting Times: ?Any method of shooting after the hours of darkness carries with it a heightened responsibility for safety. On no occasion should anyone embark on shooting at night without being confident and knowledgeable about the area, competent and experienced in firearms and muzzle awareness, and fully aware of their surroundings and quarry identification.
?Notifying someone and possibly the local police of your whereabouts, along with having an emergency plan, is essential. There are excellent courses available that cover all aspects of shooting at night, and I would recommend that anyone with limited experience consider attending. BASC issues a code of practice for lamping, which can be found at www.basc.org.uk.?