This thread has been stimulated by EssBee's commendable thread on Lead Ammunition. Apologies to the Administrators, this should probably be in the Legal forum but I believe it warrants higher exposure in the General Section:
The links below concern Scotland Government's often stated desire to acquire full control over firearm licensing and to drastically restrict legal firearm ownership.
From the cjs report, there is an increased level of political activity on this issue. The threat to the sport is very real. In addition to the restricting of ownership to no more than three firearms/shotguns, options such as a complete ban of high-power rifles and restricted storage conditions are under consideration.
The current statistics on Scotland's firearm crime and certificate ownership are at:
Note the statistics do not remotely support increased legislative sanctions over legal ownership. There are range of responses that can be undertaken to support the sport.
1) Visit and/or write to your local MSPs and MP. Ideally do both;
2) Write politely to Mr McAskill and to the Home Secretary. Statistical arguments are extremely valuable but equally valuable is a simple letter pointing out the importance of the sport to you personally. Many politicians have no knowledge of or any regular contact with the target or game shooters and informing them of the safety and variety of the sport can be extremely helpful;
3) Contact the shooting organisation that your are a member of and ensure that they are aware of your personal concerns on this issue (if you are not a member of one or other of NRA, CA, SCA, SACS, NGO, BASC [includes BASC-Scotland], SPA, MLAGB etc. then consider joining;
4) Make other shooters aware of the threat.