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The UK’s fieldsports organisations have renewed their calls for shooters to respond to the EU firearms consultation.

There are concerns that the consultation could be used to gain legitimacy from public opinion to restrict further the legal acquisition and possession of sporting firearms.

BASC told Shooting Times that the server hosting the questionnaire had crashed. However, it has now been fixed.

Dr Conor O’Gorman, policy development manager at BASC, said: “The server hosting the questionnaire crashed the day after BASC sent out an action alert email to members. More than 20,000 people have completed the questionnaire so far. Let’s make sure the majority are saying ‘no’ to unnecessary EU regulation of firearms ownership.”

“Each completed questionnaire adds to our voice. Visit the BASC website or Facebook pages for details.”

Tim Bonner, campaigns director at the Countryside Alliance, also renewed the call to respond, saying: “In recent times, successive governments have preferred considered reform of firearms licensing to calls for knee-jerk reactions to events.

“It is critical that the UK shooting community sends a clear message that firearms legislation must remain the concern of directly accountable national politicians rather than faceless European bureaucrats.”

The consultation closes on 17 June and filling it in takes only a few minutes of your time.

Shooters are being urged to respond to all questions by selecting the option “1”.

To fill in the questionnaire, visit EU firearms consultation.