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    Time to write to your MP if you haven't done so already

    Hi All,

    Some info for you........

    Home Affairs Committee announces a new inquiry into Firearms Control
    15 July 2010

    On 15 July, the Home Affairs Committee announced a new inquiry into firearms control. The Committee will examine whether or not there is a need for changes to the way in which firearms and/or shotgun certificates are issued, monitored or reviewed as a means of preventing gun violence. In particular the inquiry will focus on:

    * The extent to which legally-held guns are used in criminal activity and the relationship between gun control and gun crime, including the impact of the Firearms (Amendment) Acts 1997;
    * Whether or not the current laws governing firearms licensing are fit for purpose, including progress on implementing the Committee’s recommendations set out in its Second Report of the 1999-2000 session;
    * Proposals to improve information-sharing between medics and the police in respect of gun licensing;
    * Information-sharing between police and prisons in assessing the risk of offenders who may have access to firearms; and
    * The danger presented by, and legislation regulating, airguns.

    The Committee is seeking written submissions of no more than 2,500 words from interested parties, before it takes oral evidence on this inquiry. Organisations and individuals interested in making written submissions are invited to do so by Friday 27th August 2010. Further advice on making a submission can be found below.

    Oral evidence sessions will be held on Tuesdays in the autumn: further announcements will be made in due course.

    Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP, Chair of the Committee, said:

    “In the light of the recent tragic shootings in Cumbria and in Northumberland, the Committee wishes to examine the legislation governing firearms.”

    “It will seek to determine whether there are lessons to be learnt from recent events, including the role of doctors and criminal justice agencies in liaising with police to assess the risk posed by individuals. We also want to be certain that our gun laws are clear, transparent and enforceable.”

    FURTHER INFORMATION:

    Written evidence should if possible be in Word or rich text format—not PDF format—and sent by e-mail. The use of colour and expensive-to-print material, e.g. photographs, should be avoided. The body of the e-mail must include a contact name, telephone number and postal address. The e-mail should also make clear who the submission is from.

    Submissions must address the terms of reference. They should be in the format of a self-contained memorandum. Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference, and the document must include an executive summary. Further guidance on the submission of evidence.

    Submissions should be original work, not previously published or circulated elsewhere, though previously published work can be referred to in a submission and submitted as supplementary material. Once submitted, your submission becomes the property of the Committee and no public use should be made of it unless you have first obtained permission from the Clerk of the Committee.

    Please bear in mind that the Committee is not able to investigate individual cases.

    The Committee normally, though not always, chooses to publish the written evidence it receives, either by printing the evidence, publishing it on the internet or making it publicly available through the Parliamentary Archives. If there is any information you believe to be sensitive you should highlight it and explain what harm you believe would result from its disclosure; the Committee will take this into account in deciding whether to publish or further disclose the evidence.

    For data protection purposes, it would be helpful if individuals wishing to submit written evidence send their contact details in a covering letter or e-mail. You should be aware that there may be circumstances in which the House of Commons will be required to communicate information to third parties on request, in order to comply with its obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

    The remit of the Home Affairs Committee is to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the Home Office and its associated public bodies.

    Please write an original letter and have you say otherwise there could be some more unwelcomed legislation coming our way.......

    Lakey

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    Pity that the terms of reference of the committee do not include an examination of the different interpretations of the Firearms Act that the various police forces apply, (often to the detriment of lawful shooters), in their administration of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Orion View Post
    Pity that the terms of reference of the committee do not include an examination of the different interpretations of the Firearms Act that the various police forces apply, (often to the detriment of lawful shooters), in their administration of it.
    Maybe the inconsistencies from Police Forse to Police Force is one of the things they are seeking to address. A consistent National Blueprint for FAC Grants and Renewals would be no bad thing. Maybe something you can put into your letter to Messers Cameron, Clegg, Vaz etc etc

    Lakey

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    Maybe the inconsistencies from Police Forse to Police Force is one of the things they are seeking to address. A consistent National Blueprint for FAC Grants and Renewals would be no bad thing. Maybe something you can put into your letter to Messers Cameron, Clegg, Vaz etc etc
    Lakey...................... & then the chief plod will go on as normal & ignore all or any recommendations he or she doesn't like.
    (The Unspeakable In Pursuit Of The Uneatable.) " If I can help, I will help!." Former S.A.C.S. member!

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    Finnbear270, maybe you are right........... but if we do nothing we can then hardly blame our MP's for thinking that it is not an important issue to their constituents???. Also when some frankly inconvenient new legislation resultsfrom our lack of action, it will all be too late???
    Make sure you write to:
    a) Your MP
    b) Cameron & his side-kick Clegg
    c) The home secretary

    With a short LETTER giving your views against any further restrictions against Ordinary Law-abiding citizens owning Firearms.

    If possible, go along to one of your MP's surgeries and tell him what he needs to hear! Mine knows me well by name and usually physically deflates when he sees me!

    Don't just sit or your Arrse and whinge! Do something, if you don't, don't complain later about further restrictions or losing your guns.

    It is up to all of us to take the fight to the Government & tell them we've had enough of being blamed for the criminal activities of others.
    Better to act and risk being ignored than not to act. As it we dont act, you can guarentee our views will be ignored!

    Besides how much does three or four first class stamps cost? Or maybe an e-mail or two??
    Last edited by Lakey; 20-07-2010 at 21:05.

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    Here are a few useful addresses ( adapt the last one for your own local MP)

    The Right Honourable David Cameron,
    Prime Minister,
    10 Downing street, London, SW1A 2AA

    The Rt Hon Nick Clegg
    Deputy PM
    Cabinet Office HQ
    70 Whitehall
    London, SW1A 2AS

    The Rt Hon Theresa May,
    Home Secretary
    2 Marsham Street
    London SW1P 4DF

    (Your MP) RT Hon Joe Bloggs (or his constituency address from the phone book/internet.)
    House of Commons
    London
    SW1A 0AA

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    Accepting that Im likely to get hung out to dry for saying this, to an extent I think some of the proposals above arent such a bad idea.

    Firstly if we accept that the majority of gun related crime is not carried out by holders of FACs or SCs one could assume that any look at the way licencing is currently carried out would not come up with any better solutions. You cant legislate against someone who is in ownership of an unlicenced fire arm.

    Secondly, I personally think its actually a damn good idea if the Police were able to cross reference FAC and SC applications with potentially unstable individuals. I dont think anyone would disagree that it does our sport no good to have potentially unstable individuals in posession of licenced firearms.

    Just my 2p

    Pat

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    Don't forget you can use the facility on the BASC web site to contact your MP - you do not have to be a member.

    Full guidance on this select committee issue will be available from BASC in the next few days - again on the web site.

    Regards

    David

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    Quote Originally Posted by David BASC View Post
    Don't forget you can use the facility on the BASC web site to contact your MP - you do not have to be a member.

    Full guidance on this select committee issue will be available from BASC in the next few days - again on the web site.

    Regards

    David
    David

    Can I ask what BASC are going to do in regards to this committee and its proposals?

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    Indeed, as I said we are preparing our initial response and guidance now and will publish v. soon , want to make sure we have ALL the facts before we do so you guys are the right ammunition to use.

    As you know we have been encouraging shooters to lobby their MP’s for ages now, both on the run up to the Election and even more so after the election as there are now so many new MP’s

    Over and above this of course key BASC staff will be meeting with Ministers et al

    Will keep all informed via the web – as this is often the quickest way

    Regards, David

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