We can try!
Just got this through today from BASC.
I haven't asked BASC's or Admin's permission to put this on here but I feel it's important and if I have offended either then I apologise.
I know that BASC is not the flavour of the month or year for some on this site but the cause is worthy and we all have some work to do if we want our views to be considered. If we don't do it then we cannot blame anyone else.
General Election website launched
A General Election section is being set up on the BASC website and should be live by the New Year.
The aim is to encourage members to lobby their MPs by email and check where their candidates stand on shooting. They can either send a standard message through the website or adapt it as they wish. At the same time we have emailed every declared candidate and have begun populating the data fields with the responses. More central mailings will go out at regular intervals. This is thought to be the first internet-based email lobbying campaign of this kind to be used in the UK.
BASC Director of Communications Christopher Graffius explains: “The hope is that by the start of the next parliament we will have a better indication of where MPs stand than before and we can use this to target our lobbying.
Please take a look around the site at http://election.basc.org.uk, use it to lobby your own candidates and urge the members you meet to use it.”
I have also included this advice from BASC as it may save some hassle.
Licence renewal applications
If you are planning to send off an application to renew your firearm licence in the near future – make sure you use the right stamps or you could be in trouble.
Some police forces are reporting a significant number of applications are being held up at sorting offices for up to six weeks because they have been posted with a standard letter rate stamp. Shotgun and FAC renewal application paperwork packages require a postage fee of at least 61p (‘Large Letter’ rate). The resultant delays could leave guns unlicensed and owners liable to extra fees and even prosecution.
Clive Williams, West Mercia Police assistant firearms licensing manager, said: “The wrong postage could leave shotgun or firearms licence holders in a difficult situation. It is likely to mean that your application will be late arriving. If renewal applications are received by the Firearms Licensing Unit after the expiry date of the current certificate, an additional fee of £10 will be charged.
More information is available on the West Mercia force’s website at www.westmercia.police.uk/firearmslicensing
There are plenty of members on this site who offer advice so lets target it to those who may influence the future of our sport.
Merry Christmas and here's hoping for a good new year!