Firearms UK is an online campaign aiming to protect gun ownership in the UK and to encourage unity and positive action within the shooting community.
Our website aims to provide a repertoire of news and information and to serve as an aide memoir for educating those on the fringes of our communities, such as friends and family members who are less knowledgeable about firearms and their use within the UK. Alongside this effort we intend to work towards increasing unity, support and cooperation within the shooting and hunting communities, and where necessary campaign to protect those communities and their associated rights.
Significant or Urgent Updates
Airgun Licensing… what’s next
There will be a further meeting with the PPC on Tuesday 12th over airgun licensing and the petition which David put to them earlier in the year. Video coverage of this meeting will be available online. So far the Scottish government have been steadfast in their campaign to enforce licensing upon lawful and responsible airgun owners, despite overwhelming opposition. Further details can be found towards the end of this BASC have announced an update on the issue over a proposed increase in licensing fees, happily there will be no rise in fees this Autumn, although still a possibility it is great news that the proposed increases are at least stalled for now as any increase in fees is likely to negatively impact both those on a low income and newcomers to the shooting sports.
Other Updates & News
Lead Shot Campaign
The lead Shot Campaign has been setup as a proactive move by leading shooting and wildlife organizations to counter any potential calls for a complete ban on the use of lead shot. This campaign is designed to show and promote compliance with the current laws, as such it is hoped that this effort will counter any push for a total ban on lead on the grounds that existing legislation is inadequate. We are in full support of this effort and ask that all shooters and interested parties sign the campaigns declaration and promote this campaign. We exist to help promote unity and positive action within the shooting community, as such we are encouraged by the positive proactive steps and unity of all organizations involved, hopefully such collaborative efforts will become more common and get bigger and bigger.
The declaration has now been signed by over 10k people, please continue to sign, and promote this campaign, its importance cannot be underestimated, thank you.
Scottish Governments efforts to Tackle Raptor Persecution
We support the Scottish Governments efforts to tackle illegal raptor persecution and other wildlife crime, however we are concerned about the impact their approach will have on law abiding shooters and other users of the countryside. The Environment Minister has made a statement suggesting greater restrictions be placed on the general license which we feel may unfairly discriminate against law abiding people and have no demonstrable impact on wildlife crime.
We are encouraging law abiding shooters of Scotland to write to their MSPs expressing concern at the potential impact of restrictions to the General License.