Well this week I read in the Shooting Times (ST) that more and more people have been applying and approved for FAC and SGC's in Scotland. It seems that the number of shooters now in Scotland outweigh that of the anti's, which we know is a small collective of arrogant uneducated or in some cases over educated who seem to through their need for attention get a little bit of backing from influential people due to a PC vote, I have to wonder if this is good news or bad news for the sport.
I personally think it is good news to an extent, the reason for this is simple, with the amount legislation trying to be passed (specifically on airguns) there is no surprise on the increase of numbers in regards to applications and it also opens up the shooting fraternity to no longer being seen as an elitist collective of people. However, there are downsides to this news , the number of areas to shoot is very limited with many established in the sport already struggling to keep the permissions they have, there will also be undoubtedly greater restrictions in the future due to the authorities realising how many people out there have firearms (Scotland is not a huge country). We also have to look at the issue of the paperwork itself as the police are already under staffed and that even a slight variation in your certificate can be a long process in areas.
Even though there is issues that will feel cumbersome all in all it shows there is further more reach for a pro shooting campaign and there is a growing future in our sport, the ability to educate new comers to the sport without fear of reprisal or frowned expressions when you say "my youngster had a shot of the gun today". Maybe with all the rubbish coming up to a independence referendum this only be good news for shooting in Scotland as whatever future government there is will have a larger campaign against any restrictions they may decide to bring in against the use of firearms.
I don't know about your thoughts are on this and I gladly would like to hear them but all in all good news....