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Thread: Firearms Control Inquiry - Guide for Submitting Evidence

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    Firearms Control Inquiry - Guide for Submitting Evidence

    Dear all,

    here is the link to the info on the BASC web site as promised

    The Home Affairs Committee Inquiry Into Firearms Control 2010 - A GUIDE FOR SUBMITTING EVIDENCE

    Is there any chance of the mods making this a 'sticky'

    David
    Last edited by csl; 22-07-2010 at 20:44. Reason: fix link title

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    I agree this should definately be a 'sticky.'

    I'll write me responce immediately.

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    Dear Mr xxxxxx


    Thank you for your submission to the Home Affairs Committee’s inquiry on Firearms Control, which will be made available to members of the Committee.

    The Committee may make use of your evidence for the purpose of carrying out its inquiry, including—if it wishes—printing and publishing your evidence, or making it available for public inspection in the Parliamentary Record Office. The Committee has decided that witnesses can themselves publish or otherwise make use of their own evidence. The Committee will not publish or otherwise disclose personal postal or e-mail addresses or telephone numbers.

    If, on further consideration, there is any information you believe to be sensitive you should contact the Clerk to explain what harm you believe would result from its disclosure and the Committee will take this into account when deciding whether to publish the evidence.

    Details of this inquiry will appear in the News Section published on the Home Affairs Committee website at http://www.parliament.uk/homeaffairscom/.

    Yours sincerely


    Sheryl Dinsdale
    Committee Assistant
    Home Affairs Committee
    Tel: 020 7219 3276
    Fax: 020 7219 2744
    Email: dinsdales@parliament.uk
    (The Unspeakable In Pursuit Of The Uneatable.) " If I can help, I will help!." Former S.A.C.S. member!

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    I read the areas of interest that this enquiry wants responses to (as below) and they seem to be questions which, apart from the last one on air rifles, that only people with a profession/occupation which has access to the respective data on each question will be able to offer an informed response. So the average shooter will not be able to offer anything more than public statistics and personal opinion.
    This enquiry is one which has been set up in response to Derick Bird and Raul Moat and is based on satisfying public opinion, along the lines of the public have been scared by this we (Parliament) has to look at the circumstances of these shootings and gun law in general, ie is the public safe?
    Sadly the question as to why the police were not able to stop or inhibit Derrick Birds actions nor equally those of Hamilton or Ryan have not been asked.
    So it is a waste of time and money IMHO.


    • 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.

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    Wether this is a waste of time & money is by the bye, We should all respond with our "personal" opinion, or maybe you are going to roll over without a murmur?
    (The Unspeakable In Pursuit Of The Uneatable.) " If I can help, I will help!." Former S.A.C.S. member!

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    I wrote to my MP post Cumbria.
    I appreciate your comments about making a response, but my comments about this enquiry stand.
    None of the questions are ones which have not been already asked and detailed answers given.
    There was the 2004 enquiry into firearms licensing which the Government kicked into the long grass never to be seen again, inspite of my comments and some very detailed ones from BASC and others.
    I can't see any Government relaxing the firearms laws, "There are no votes in it," as Blair would have said.
    And it is hard to see how they could be tighter, but someone probably can...

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    Whether or not the inquirey is a waste of time and money is irrelevant - it is taking place and it is up to as many as possible of us to respond as possible. I have already done so.

    You can bet your bottom dollar that the anti-gun lobby will respond and if we do not what then - bitch and whine when we are saddled by yet more restrictions - ACT NOW or we may regret it!!

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    This may be the last chance for many many years to do something realy positive about fireams legislation - don't let the opportunity go by!

    David

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    This is what I said:
    To Whom it may Concern,

    Thank you for the opportunity to give a submission to the Committee.

    My reason for writing is that I, like many, enjoy country sports and am concerned that my freedom to do so is being relentlessly eroded. I am a married father of two; shooting is not my life but a way of relaxing and enjoying the countryside.

    As a commercial pilot I am fully aware of the potential for using objects, for purposes they were not designed for, with terrible consequences. You will however never be able to legislate for evil or madness; the UK already has some of the most stringent firearms legislation and further restrictions would serve only to disenfranchise law abiding citizens.

    A 'knee jerk' reaction is seldom appropriate; it would be refreshing to see a reasoned approach, concentrating on the facts, and above all a 'light touch'.



    My understanding is the Committee wish to focus on the following areas:

    · 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;
    Hopefully you will have access to much better data than me but my understanding is that there no correlation between gun crime and legal gun ownership. This point is obviously key and should be at the forefront of the Committee's minds when considering any restriction on legal gun ownership.

    · 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;
    I am no expert but believe that the current stringent laws are broadly appropriate but that implementation leaves a lot to be desired. The Home Office's Firearms Law Guidance to the Police 2002 is simply not consistently applied by the various constabularies. A good example of variance across the constabularies is the application of the ACPO recommended Any Other Lawful Quarry condition; the Committee may wish to investigate this particular example to gain an appreciation of just how poor and inconsistent implementation is.

    · Proposals to improve information-sharing between medics and the police in respect of gun licensing;
    This seems logical, although one would need to consider whether it may have the unfortunate unintended consequence of deterring someone who needs it, from seeking medical assistance.

    · 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.
    I don't feel qualified to comment on this although focusing on this particular point appears to be rather 'knee jerk' in the light of recent events.


    Many thanks again for the opportunity to comment.

    Yours Sincerely

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    Well i have wrote to the committee and my MP as well so come on stalkers put pen to paper or fingers to keys and voice your concerns. It's no good grumbling when they have limited you to a pea shooter if you don't do something now .

    Closing date is the 27th august, suggest you use bestmans as a draft if you can't think of anything original!
    In regione caecorum rex est luscus

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