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    Government response to Home Affairs Committee

    The formal response will be issued on Thursday morning.

    Please keep an eye on the BASC web site for news.

    I will be away at Bisley so may not get access to a PC before monday.


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    Attached our press release for members' information.


    BASC welcomes Government’s response to report on firearms control.

    29th September 2011…………….…………………………………………….immediate release

    In the wake of the tragedy at Whitehaven and bearing in mind the attacks on shooting following previous atrocities at Hungerford and Dunblane, BASC is delighted that the Government has taken a measured and sensible view of firearms legislation.

    In every case where proposals have been put forward for restricting lawful shooting the Government has rejected them. BASC is engaged in ongoing discussions with government on measures to improve the service to Britain’s lawful firearms owning community.

    BASC welcomes the fact that there are no further restrictions proposed on shotgun licensing.

    Areas of concern to the shooting community in the Home Affairs Select Committee report on firearms control were:

    *The reclassification of shotguns as section 1 firearms.
    This will not be pursued and BASC understands the Government has talked about simplifying the process of application and renewal which will benefit the shooting community.

    *Young people and shooting.
    BASC is delighted that the Government has not damaged the ability of young people to learn safe and responsible gun use.

    *Medical concerns on certificate holders.
    Proposals for tagging medical records have been dismissed. BASC has been in discussion for some time with the BMA and ACPO about improving contact between the police, GPs and certificate holders. BASC notes that further work is required to ensure that Home Office guidance is followed with regard to medical checks. BASC is also pleased that the Government recognises that there are security and data protection issues involved.

    *References from partners or former partners.
    BASC is pleased that there are no proposals to introduce a requirement for references for applications or renewals from current or past partners.

    *Storage of firearms.
    BASC welcomes the news that both the committee and the Government have rejected the anti-gun lobby’s demand for the central storage of firearms.

    *Air guns.
    The Government has no plan to licence air weapons and says the vast majority are used “safely and responsibly”.

    Areas of concern for the shooting community such as fees have yet to be agreed.
    BASC notes that a further discussion will take place regarding shotgun licence fees. BASC has the most comprehensive collection of statistics on licensing departments’ performance collected over the past 14 years. BASC believes that issues of efficiency and service will need to be addressed before any increase in fees are justified.

    To download a copy of the Government response visit


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    In brief.....

    • A tougher shotgun licensing regime - like that for rifles - has been rejected.
    • Air guns will not be licensed.
    • The government accepts that the current arrangements for both shotguns and air guns are effective and proportionate.
    • There will be no further restrictions on young people; and the government recognises that young people should be allowed to take part in shooting.
    • Certificate life will stay at 5 yrs and will not go down to 2.
    • There will be no compulsory medical checks for certificate holders.
    • The police have received a shot across their bows over the administration of the licensing regime and budget cuts.
    • The dangerous notion that guns should be stored centrally has been dismissed.

    Well done! Keep up the good work.


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    I got this off the FB forum

    Well done BASC

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