Outraged shooters around the world have responded in force to Royal Mail plans for a ban on the carriage of firearms and component parts. More than 1,000 comments from shooting enthusiasts and gun traders angered by the proposals ? which were revealed exclusively by Shooting Times (News, 8 August) ? have been published on the Royal Mail website so far.

Many respondents point out that the plan would have a disproportionate and significant impact on shooting enthusiasts living in rural areas, and could put hundreds of small firearms dealers out of business.

BASC has also condemned the proposed changes to what can and cannot be carried in the mail, and says it has held ?positive? meetings with Royal Mail and post regulator Ofcom to discuss them.

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  • Brian Jones f.r.s.h.

    I Booked a weeks stalking through the BASC on Arran for hinds in November last June.
    The forestry commission want you to have a DSC 1 ok, I have one & booked accomodation (house) for the two of us. Both of us have stalked for a lot of years & also culling on estates. I also hold a game dealers licence & a health certificate that gave me letters after my name. A lot HIGHER QUALIFICATIONS than a DCS level 2.
    Now the basc are going to knacker up stalking like they did with wildfowling, bringing in STEEL shot over a mentioned by the “Dee wildfowlers” & now implemented.
    I’ve never seen so many flying wounded fowl in my life in the last eight years plus. Now the PUBLIC SCHOOL BOY CLIQUE is at it again, to be greedy in SCALPING! the british shooteragain.
    Unfortunatly I’m a life member, but I will not be getting any more members to the BASC. I will be recomending them to the COUNTRYSIDE ALLIANCE as they don’t seem to participate, in the great BRITISH ripoff !
    Made the booking for a holiday and then got the letter to confirm my booking. They then wanted £120 to register for a dsc level2 stalking certificate, that could cost you a couple of grand to get and paying everyone under the sun to go out to be a wittness!
    Benifits of a dsc level2 NONE, ONLY TO KEEP THE FAT CATS GETTING FATTER.
    Also been told by Arran estates, that theres a shortage of reds this year & they will not be shooting till January. So if your thinking of going, all the deer will be on the otherside of the road where they know it’s SAFE!
    IF YOU HAVE A BOOKING with BASC do yourself a favour & cancel it, save your money, for the fuel,boat fares,accomodation & meals out etc! Keep it in your pocket. I lost my deposit for the house as there was no way I was being BLACKMAILED into paying £120 for something that is not required by the forestry commission in Scotland only the BASC are demanding this.Only people who are leasing a part of a forrest for let stalking have to have a level2, which is fair enough and then the person would act as a wittness for a fee everytime you went out even if theres nothing there.
    B.J.