This is your go-to resource to discover the latest news and legislation on firearms. From how to store firearms to how to get a firearms licence.

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Anti-shooting proposals in “Tory” group manifesto

The Countryside Alliance (CA) has called on the Conservative Party to distance itself from an animal welfare group that it says is “masquerading” as part of the party. The Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation, established last year, seeks “an inquiry into commercial driven shoots” and urges the Government to “commit to…

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“Little impact” from EU gun restrictions thanks to MEPs

Conservative MEP Vicky Ford says she is making “good progress” in her discussions to agree revisions to the EU Firearms Directive. Following the third round of discussions between the European Parliament, Commission and Council, Mrs Ford said the three sides were moving together on a range of issues. “At the moment, the Parliament is demanding its key positions are met. We…

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BASC: The case for ten year shotgun and firearms certificates

The renewal process can be one of the most frustrating times in a certificate holder’s life. All too often we hear of delays, temporary permits being issued, guns having to be lodged and – even worse – people being left in illegal possession of firearms. That is one reason BASC, in September last year, published a White Paper calling…

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A year of change for laws on licensing firearms

First, in September 2015, came the report by Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMIC) for England and Wales into the efficiency of the licensing system. It will come as no surprise to readers who have the misfortune to live in Essex, Gloucestershire, Thames Valley or Hampshire that HMIC found much to be desired in the way the police…

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Lee Enfield No. 4 Skeleton (SKN)

Many of those who did military service will be acquainted with the skeleton Lee Enfield No. 4 bolt-action rifle action used as a training and demonstration aid. I first saw one as a teenager in the early 1960s when I joined the Army Cadets which, I admit, was much more for the…

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Essex Police to cut licensing backlog

The changes come as a meeting was held this week, chaired by Essex Deputy Chief Constable Matt Horne and attended by BASC, the National Farmers’ Union and the Countryside Alliance, to discuss a rise in complaints about the force’s performance. Gary Ashton, BASC’s director of firearms operations, said: “The delays experienced…

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Concern over “unworkable” proposals to European Council’s firearms regulations

The organisation says that is is “deeply concerned” by the proposals, feeling that many are “unworkable”. Today, 11 April,  the  European Council Working Party on General Matters including Evaluation (GENVAL) are meeting to discuss proposed amendments to the 1991 Firearms Directive. It is the supplementary proposals that have alarmed the Countryside…

New medical monitoring for firearms and shotgun licence holders

The new system, led by the Home Office, will make it much more straightforward for GPs to alert police licensing departments if a medical condition is going to affect the certificate holder’s suitability to possess firearms. The condition can also be flagged up during the period the certificate is valid.…

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Shooting Industry has little to fear from Brexit, say experts

A “Brexit” would have little or no major impact on UK firearms ownership, according to shooting industry leaders. While the 23 June in-out referendum on the UK’s continued membership of the European Union (EU) could have consequences for the agricultural industry and the environment the shooting industry has less to worry…

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BASC blasts Kent firearms boss

Police firearms licensing departments have faced renewed criticism, five months after Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary report was released. Kent Police, in particular, has come under severe criticism from BASC, which said that Police and Crime Commissioner Ann Barnes did not understand the role the police play in firearms licensing…

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Have your say on firearms licensing

It’s heartening to hear that MEP Vicky Ford appears to be listening to BASC and the Countryside Alliance (CA) over proposed changes to the EU’s Firearms Directive. Ms Ford is heading up a study into the proposals. Both organisations want EU politicians to steer clear of knee-jerk new gun controls that will…

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How to get a firearms licence and a shotgun certificate

Q: I would like to get a firearms licence as well as a shotgun certificate. What will I have to do to obtain one? A: It’s not unlike the process you went through for your shotgun. You obtain the form, complete it and send it to your local police force…

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Shooters urged to lobby MEPs about EU Firearms Directive

FACE UK is calling on shooters to make their voices heard by contacting their MEPs to register their opinions on proposed changes to the European Firearms Directive. Plans to tighten European gun laws were brought forward by the European Commission following two separate terrorist attacks in Paris last year. Fears…

Shooting groups help shape EU firearms review

BASC and the Countryside Alliance (CA) have argued for a review of proposed changes to the European Firearms Directive, in a recent meeting with MEP Vicky Ford, who is leading the European Parliament’s scrutiny of the proposals. Plans to tighten European gun laws were made following the shootings at the Charlie…

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Firearms law: the way forward

From the firearms point of view, 2015 was a busy year. The report of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary into firearms licensing was released in September. To nobody’s surprise, it revealed serious shortcomings in the way the police manage the licensing process. Its publication coincided with a symposium held by the Law…

Law Commission recommends ‘overhaul’ of firearms law

The Law Commission report, published today, aims to make recommendations to solve the problems that undermine the effectiveness of the law governing the acquisition and possession of firearms. The existing law is ‘confused, unclear and difficult to apply’, according to the Law Commission, who review laws and recommend reforms. Currently…

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Firearms licensing 2015: the saints and sinners

In May 2013 the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC, but then called ACPO) asked Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) to undertake an inspection of firearms licensing in English and Welsh police forces. Given the timing of the request, there is little doubt it was heavily influenced by a series of…

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Firearms from 1400 through to the present day

    If you were a shooter in 1400, you’re likely to have come across the Serpentine Lock Arquebus. Fast forward to 1866 and it might have been the Winchester Model 1866. This informative illustrative poster, “A visual history of firearms” shows the technologically groundbreaking firearms of all time and…

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European firearms legislation changes “could damage shooting” in Britain

Countryside organisations have warned that revisions to EU firearms legislation could lead to shooting being hamstrung by those opposed to the sport. The European Council earlier this month recommended that the European Commission revise the 1991 Firearms Directive to combat the illegal movement of firearms, and it is thought that…