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EU tables more “irrelevant” Firearms Directive proposals

Shooting organisations have expressed concern that further “draconian” amendments to the EU Firearms Directive have been tabled by the European Council, despite a number of MEPs already agreeing that existing proposals are “rushed” and “irrelevant”. Plans to tighten European gun laws were brought forward by the European Commission following the terrorist attacks in…

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National Parks survey asks whether shooting should be banned

  The Countryside Alliance (CA) and BASC are seeking to educate the Campaign for National National Parks (CNP) about the role that shooting plays in the countryside, after the organisation launched a survey asking whether shooting should be banned in National Parks. The CNP is celebrating its 80th anniversary with an…

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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How to get both a firearms and a shotgun certificate

Q: I would like to get a firearms certificate 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…

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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When boys become Guns

The first steps into the shooting world are often some of the most difficult to take. For young people in particular the prospect can seem as daunting as it is exciting, but it is essential that they are welcomed in to the sport if gameshooting is to flourish and thrive.…

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What’s coming up in 2016 for the shooting and countryside community?

Lindsay Waddell, chairman of the National Gamekeepers’ Organisation If the past is any sort of indicator of the future, 2016 will be a busy year for the National Gamekeepers’ Organisation (NGO). The list of major issues that might alter how we go about our jobs grows ever longer by the day.…

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Shooting groups unite to condemn law-breaking shoots

Countryside organisations have condemned inland shoots that are breaking the law by using lead shot for wildfowl, and have appealed to DEFRA to help identify and prosecute those responsible. Representatives from eight groups, including BASC and the Countryside Alliance, signed a letter to DEFRA secretary of state Elizabeth Truss MP. Some inland…

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Shooters dismiss claims eating game lowers IQ

Countryside organisations have hit back at claims that eating game meat can lower a child’s IQ level. The claims relating to the negative impact of lead consumption on human health were made in a recently published report detailing the findings of last year’s Oxford Lead Symposium. The section, Risks of health…

Is your gundog ready for Crufts 2016?

The gamekeepers’ classes at Crufts 2016 are open to gamekeepers, owners of working gundogs, gundog teams and young handlers. Once again the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) -the UK’s largest shooting organisation –  will host these particular classes which will be held on Gundog Day, Friday 11 March 2016,…

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EU to review gun laws after Paris attacks

EU ministers met at a crisis meeting on Friday and, at the time of writing, were expected to suggest new rules making it more difficult to acquire weapons and to track them more easily. The European Commission has been working since 2013 to create common minimum standards across the EU…

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How shooting boosts tourism

To give a breakdown of how shooting supports tourism, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) has produced this informative visual infographic. You’ll notice some impressive statistics Shooting tourists generate visitor nights by more than four million annually Almost ten per cent of the amount spent on outdoor recreation annually…

New gamebird figures challenge RSPB claims

New BASC research has challenged RSPB claims that the shooting industry releases 50million birds into the wild each year. Real figure closer to 34.9million The paper, Impacts of gamebird release, says the real figure lies closer to 34.9million birds and describes the significantly higher estimate as being “based on unreliable…

Lead Ammunition Group slammed after leak of “anti-lead” report summary

The Lead Ammunition Group (LAG) has been criticised for a perceived anti-lead bias, following the publication on its website of a letter from group chairman John Swift, summarising the findings of the as-yet unpublished or peer-reviewed LAG report. The correspondence is a copy of the cover letter, dated June 2015,…

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How you can improve your clayshooting at the CLA Game Fair 2015

Do you want to learn, compete, watch famous international Shots, have your gun checked or shop for new equipment? This year the Clay Line at the CLA Game Fair has been renamed the Shooting Line and it’s where you can enjoy demonstrations and try your hand at several competitions. Fancy…

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BASC and Natural England sign partnership agreement

BASC and Natural England will now work on an annual action plan setting out a formula for joint working to achieve common goals, including the delivery of the government’s Biodiversity 2020 programme, coastal access, wildfowling consents and future reviews on general licenses. BASC’s Green Shoots programme will receive particular emphasis,…

BASC council candidate – Oliver McCullough

Oliver McCullough, aged 59, is a retired HR manager from the higher education sector and now gives his time to a number of voluntary roles. These include committees within the sporting sector, being a trustee of Citizens Advice NI and a public appointment on a pensions committee. He is also…

BASC council candidate – Martyn Jones

Martyn Jones, aged 68, is a retired MP and biologist. He lives in the Welsh hills. He is standing for one of five contested seats in this year’s BASC council elections. What is your shooting and conservation background? Shooting from the age of 13, conserving from the age of 30…

BASC council candidate – John Dryden

John Dryden, aged 73, is a shoot captain and gamekeeper at the Piddlewoodcock shoot. He lives in Somerset. He is standing for one of five contested seats in this year’s BASC council elections. What is your shooting and conservation background? Twenty one years as regional director for BASC in the…

BASC council candidate – Alan Musselwhite

Alan Musselwhite, aged 51, is a retired civil servant. He lives in a small town in east Hampshire, close to the foreshore and the county’s rolling countryside. He is standing for one of five contested seats in this year’s BASC council elections. What is your shooting and conservation background? I…