Shooting enthusiast, Owen White, explained: ?I saw a sergeant with a gun, but he kept shouting at me to shut up every time I tried to explain we were law-abiding people on a legal shoot.?
He added: ?There were about six police cars, at least a dozen police officers and a police dog.?
Mr White, who had been shooting with headkeeper, Craig Downie, and estate worker Stuart Cairns, revealed this week to The Sunday Mail that they have now contacted the Police Complaints Commissioner for Scotland and are considering legal action: ?A simple check could have sorted things out. Instead we were subjected to screaming and shouting and police pointing guns at us. I have recently received a letter from deputy chief constable Bill Harkins apologising for his officers? conduct. But that is too little too late.?
BASC?s head of game and gamekeeping, Tom Blades, told Shooting Times magazine that while BASC understands the police have a responsibility to respond to incidents involving firearms, he would expect a common sense approach to be applied at the scene once all the firearms are safe.
He explained how shooters can avoid this type of situation with the police: ?The likelihood of such incidents occurring can be reduced by complying with the BASC Lamping Code of Practice. This advises shooters to carry written permission from the landowner, their firearms certificate and/or shotgun certificate and as a matter of courtesy to inform the local police of who you are and roughly when and where you will be shooting. BASC would also advise shooters to inform local residents when you are going lamping, and why. If you feel there could be some complaint from unreasonable residents let your local police know when you are planning to be out, as this will obviously reduce the risk of problems on the night.?
For more information visit www.basc.org.uk/content/lampingpractice