Birmingham City Council?s plan to rename the historic Gun Quarter have been thrown into disarray following a backlash from the local community and those who accuse the council of pandering to political correctness.

The move had been proposed as part of the Birmingham Big City Plan, described by the council as ?the most ambitious, far-reaching development project in the UK?.

However, a council spokesman told Shooting Times magazine that it is the name of the area in which the Gun Quarter sits that is changing, not the Gun Quarter itself.

The spokesman said: ?It?s only right and proper that the wider area is called St George and St Chad?s because the Gun Quarter is only a small element of it.?

Amended drawings show the new St George and St Chad?s area as occupying all of the land formerly known as the Gun Quarter.

Only a small part will still be called the Gun Quarter.

Former employees of Birmingham?s gun trade remain concerned that the slimmed down Gun Quarter will struggle to retain its identity.

They were also amazed that the council?s decision calling for the renaming was made after a petition was submitted featuring just 50 names.

Birmingham gun chequerer Mike Dingley said: ?The gun trade is part of our heritage. People seem to want to change history, and that?s wrong. The council?s petition has 50 signatures. I?m sure we can raise more.?

Indeed, after just 48 hours online, a petition which calls for the council to save the Gun Quarter name has been signed by more than 2,000 people.

Sign the petition here!

BASC?s Conor O?Gorman told Shooting Times magazine: ?BASC is lobbying city planners and the council to ensure that the heritage of Birmingham?s gun quarter is retained.?

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  • Simon Mansell

    I agree with Timothy a link to the petition is an omission rather than deliberate (I hope). I have attached a link and trust it will not be removed!

    If you feel you would like to support our industry and keep our name and traditions please visit http://www.savethebirminghamgunquarter.co.uk and register your support.

    Thank you and Safe Shooting,

  • Timothy E. McNamara.

    English rifles are a work of art and I include the lovely old SMLE. In Canada, I can own and shoot nearly all small arms.We have gun shows in every city and village and shooting ranges abound.
    Were the shores of England defended by a lot of whining,tofu munchers who ridicule their own,proud heritage? No! I say! My grandfather sailed from Canada in 1939, with his regiment,to the shores of England. They were ALL volunteers,who left their loved ones to defend your country from German occupation. If we Canadians valued English freedom so highly,then why don’t you?

  • Martyn

    A link to the petition would help!