More than 14,000 people have signed a petitition asking the Scottish Government to drop all proposals to license airguns in Scotland — but more shooters are being urged to add their names to it.

There are currently 14,193 signatures on the petition, which will be discussed at the Scottish Parliament’s Public Petitions Committee on 3 September. Shooting organisations are urging shooters to continue to sign the petition, because the increased number of signatories can be presented during the meeting in September. On the 3 May, the Scottish Government received 1,136 responses to a consultation on the subject, the majority of which were opposed to licensing.

BASC’s Conor O’Gorman said: “When petition founder Dave Ewing makes his presentation to the Scottish Parliament’s Public Petitions Committee in September we can strengthen his hand by helping add as many signatures as possible. Signing is quick and easy and once you have done so you can help spread the word by email and Facebook. In 2012, the talking point was WHSmith [refusing to sell shooting magazines to children] — let’s help make airguns the victory of 2013.”

Mr Ewing told Shooting Times that he was delighted by the response so far.

“However, it is very important for people to continue signing and showing support, as the shooting community must pull together to defend our rights,” he said.

The rest of this article appears in the 26th June issue of Shooting Times.

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