Don’t expect any help from BASC
I had a client out stalking with me whose girlfriend made a report to Essex police that he was harassing her, he was arrested questioned and released and he thought that was the end of that.
Four years later his firearms licence was revoked under operation Wishbone who targeted potential violent licence holders in Essex, as he was totally innocent he appealed against the decision and asked BASC legal department to help him, his request was refused as they said the original incident happened before their legal insurance came into force, he went to court and although his ex girlfriend refused to give evidence the decision was upheld.
Two year later he moved to East Sussex and re applied to Sussex police who
after looking into his previous history gave him back his licence, Happy Days you would think,
Six months later his licence was revoked again no reason was given and it transpires that it was pressure from above.
Mr West who still was a member of BASC rang them up and asked again for help which again was refused they said stating the same excuse. Mr West said that this was a totally different incident and offered to pay half the court costs, BASC refused to help so Mr West at great expense appealed again and at the hearing today it was made quiet clear that he had held both shotgun and firearms certificates for thirty years and had no previous history of violence and in fact had never been it trouble with the police ever, the court was adjourned until 3pm. We sat and listened carefully to the judges summing up and was delighted when the judge ruled in Mr wests favour. Sussex Police handed Mr West back his licence and he and his family left the court room very happy.
Thanks must go to Mike Wells of the Sportsmans Association and his Barrister who did a splendid job. The reason for posting this on the forum is simply this.
Don’t think that because you have legal insurance with BASC they will act on your behalf as they clearly will not as Mr West found out you are on your own, I for one will be looking to join another shooting organisation