Currently, Olympic shooters wishing to practice their sport can only do so abroad.

A Department for Culture , Media and Sport (DCMS) spokesman told Shooting Times: “UK Sport and DCMS are committed to doing all we can to maximise our chances of success in 2012 in all Olympic sports.”

“There is agreement in principle across government departments to allow all our athletes to train in the run-up to 2012. Proposed changes are within the existing legislative framework and would only relate to a small squad of elite pistol shooters.”

Following the shootings at Dunblane, more than a decade ago, the 1997 Firearms (Amendment) (No. 2) Act, was passed.

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