POLITICIANS FROM ACROSS the political spectrum were joined by medal winners from the British Olympic, Paralympics, Commonwealth and international teams in support of the event.

Martin Salter MP, the government’s spokesperson for shooting sports, said: “I fully support the ideals behind National Shooting Week, particularly with the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics in mind. The event will also demystify certain imagery surrounding guns and give members of the public a great day out in a safe environment.”

Lord Shrewsbury, chairman of the events organiser, the British Shooting Sports Council, said: “At the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, shooting accounted for 23 out of the

UK’s 116 medals, so the sport will have a huge role to play in the 2012 Olympic Games. National Shooting Week is all about people experiencing a popular sport that Britain is actually good at!”