Recommendations contained in the recently published Home Affairs Committee?s report on firearms control have been criticised by the Countryside Alliance, which said that they would penalise the law-abiding shooting community.

Among many proposals, the report said that the age at which an individual is permitted to shoot should be simplified and clarified, that a requirement for partners and recent ex-partners to sign licence application forms merits further exploration, and that the Home Office should consider raising the current licensing fee.

But Robert Gray, the Countryside Alliance?s campaigns director, said: ?Proposed restrictions on shotgun owners and young shooters, and the broad-brush involvement of GPs, domestic partners and increased licence fees would be hugely disproportionate. We will strongly resist any recommendations brought forward that penalise law-abiding shooters without improving public safety and preventing criminals from breaking the law.?

The rest of this article appears in 5th January issue of Shooting Times.

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