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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 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…

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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…

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Firearms licensing lapses are “inexcusable”, says HMIC

Many police forces are not implementing firearms licensing systems consistently, putting the public at risk, according to a report published last week by Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMIC). HMIC, the independent body that assesses police forces and policing, undertook a review of firearms legislation in England and Wales, with…

Champion clay pigeon shooter loses firearms certificate due to Facebook prank

Police have alleged that 24-year-old Mr Burn was standing in a wooded area dressed in underpants, Wellington boots, cap and holding a shotgun which he pointed at the sky before announcing that he was shooting pigeons. The allegation continues that he then broke open the gun, put it on the…

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Increase in firearms licence fees put to public consultation

Proposed increases to the cost of shotgun and firearm certificates for 2015 are being put to the public for consultation, the Home Office has announced. Suggested changes to firearms licence fees have been put forward by an all party working group that has been liaising with representatives of the shooting…

Changing attitudes to firearms

“A great deal, of late, has been said and has been written against shooting. It has been denounced as unnatural, cruel, useless, and absurd.” I like that, but the words are not mine. They were written in 1876 by Wildfowler, the nom de plume of Lewis Clement, who was to…