The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) has endorsed the latest edition of the National Gamekeepers’ Organisation’s (NGO) book, Sporting Shooting and the Law.

The 52-page book, which was published on 15 October and written by Shooting Times columnist David Frost, bears the ACPO logo on the front cover and has the endorsement of ACPO’s Firearms and Explosives Licensing Working Group (ACPO FELWG).

The assistant chief constable of Dorset police, Adrian Whiting, who chairs the ACPO FELWG, provided the foreword to the book, in which he wrote: I am extremely keen to work jointly with the NGO and others to ensure that the complexity of law facing us all is put into practice, such that responsible shooting can continue to flourish. This updated edition of what amounts to very pragmatic guidance is a document I am very pleased to recommend to all those interested in this field.

David Frost commented: “Mr Whiting is a shooting man and since taking over the chairmanship of the ACPO FELWG he has worked very hard to ensure that all police forces follow best practice guidelines in the issue of firearm and shotgun certificates. Subject to meeting certain criteria, the grant of a certificate is a right, not a privilege. The whole process is made much easier if applicants follow the guidance in this book and if firearms licensing departments have a proper understanding of the needs of the legitimate shooter and follow best practice guidance.”

The rest of this article appears in 21st October issue of Shooting Times.

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