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Shooters will now find it more difficult to post firearms longer than Royal Mail’s new maximum size limits on parcels.

According to the new rules, which were introduced on 2 April, any parcel exceeding 61cm in length must be carried by Parcelforce. But Parcelforce will only allow the carriage of guns from one registered firearms dealer to another. BASC is seeking a solution to the problem.

The decision follows last year’s consultation on Royal Mail’s proposal to ban the carriage of guns and their component parts (News, 3 October 2012).

Nearly 1,500 people expressed their views in emails and letters to Royal Mail. A petition opposing the plans — which was set up by airgunner Geoff Chim — attracted 2,236 signatures and 1,742 comments.

There was also a significant response from the gun trade, which demonstrated that the ban would have a significant impact on Royal Mail customers.

The rest of this article appears in the 17th April issue of Shooting Times.

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