Shooting groups have described a recent visit by Home Office civil servants to the National Shooting Centre at Bisley as an ?important day for shooting sports?.

Nine groups came together for the British Shooting Sports Council-organised event, which was designed to introduce administrators from the Home Office, the Government department responsible for firearms matters, to a world with which many were unfamiliar.

The Countryside Alliance?s representative at the event was Graham Downing, who gave a presentation on game shooting. He said: ?The Home Office Firearms Unit is the interface between the legislature and the police. It?s very important that the individuals who are actually involved with putting legislation into practice, know one end of a gun from the other.?

The day also included a visit to the rifle, shotgun and pistol ranges, listening to presentations on Olympic and domestic clay pigeon shooting, and an opportunity to shoot 10m air pistol.

The rest of this article appears in 3rd August issue of Shooting Times.

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