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MSP Email Addresses (12th January 2016)

MSP Email Addresses

Welcome to all our new followers

Welcome to all our new followers on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Also many thanks for the many offers of assistance, we will contact you as soon as we can.

It looks like we have a very busy period ahead of us. We will do our best to share information as we receive it. If followers come across anything they feel maybe useful please let us know either by posting on our social media pages or via email at contact@firearmsuk.org

As usual we encourage individuals to play their part in protecting our shared interests. We suggest the following course of action;

  1. Spread the word. Share our pages. Encourage others to act.
  2. Sign the petition. http://goo.gl/5qv7rC
  3. Write to your MEP. This can be done via http://writetothem.com
  4. Write to your MP. Again can be done via http://writetothem.com
  5. If you are a member of a pro-shooting organisation TELL them that you want them to act.
  6. Challenge every piece of negative media you come across. We have guides on our website of how to do this.

Most of all do not give up. We must not let apathy win again!

Firearms Law – A Scoping Consultation Paper

Here we go people – unified in our support of gun ownership are we?

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The Scottish Government doesn’t really support Olympic shooting sports

No support for the future of an Olympic sport from the Scottish Government

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Scotland – Air Weapons and Licensing (S) Bill

Marshalled List of Amendments, and Groupings for debate, for Stage 2 consideration of the Air Weapons and Licensing (S) Bill by the Local Government and Regeneration Committee at its meeting on Wednesday 13 May 2015.

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What is the Marshalled List?

The Marshalled List is a list of all of the amendments lodged to the Bill by MSPs. Amendments are shown in the order in which they seek to amend the Bill (starting at Section 1 and working through the Bill). This is also the order in which the Committee will decide on each amendment. Amendments are numbered chronologically in the order in which they were lodged by MSPs with the clerks.

This explains why sometimes amendments with a higher number may appear higher up the Marshalled List than those with a lower number. For example – if say Amendment 15 had proposed to amend Section 62 of the Bill, and Amendment 25 had proposed to amend Section 45 of the Bill, then Amendment 25 would appear before Amendment 15 on the Marshalled List (as Section 45 comes before Section 62 in the Bill). Therefore, the order of amendments on the Marshalled List is not determined by the number of each amendment, but rather by which part of the Bill the amendment relates to.

What are Groupings?

In order to prevent repetition of debate during the meeting, amendments of a similar theme or topic are grouped together and debated at the same time. These are called Groupings. The debate on each group begins by the Convener calling on the MSP who has lodged the first amendment in that group to move their amendment and speak to it, and also to speak to all the other amendments in the Group. All other MSPs who may have an amendment that Group will also speak on the amendments in the Group. Other MSPs at the meeting can also speak in the debate. The debate winds up by the Convener asking the MSPs in whose name the first amendments is, to sum up the debate and decide whether to press the amendments (to a vote) or withdraw it (from consideration). If the MSP presses the amendment then the question on the amendment is put to the Committee (see below). If it is withdrawn (see below), then the amendment falls and the Committee moved onto the next amendment. Only MSPs who are Members of the Committee can vote on amendments.

One of the consequences of voting on amendments in marshalled order, but debating them in groupings, means that certain amendments may be debated at an early point in the meeting, but will not be decided upon on until later. For example – the first Grouping for the meeting on 13 May contains amendments 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 36, 37. So while amendments 1 will be decided on as soon as the debate on that group finishes, amendments 36 and 37 won’t be decided until till later in the meeting as they are further down the Marshalled List. When the Committee reached amendments 36 and 37 on the Marshalled List, the Convener will call those amendments “already debated with Amendment 1” and ask the MSP if the wish to move the amendments for decision.

What is Moving, Pressing and Withdrawing of amendments?

In order for any amendment to be debated it must first be moved. Any MSP can move any amendment, however, it is usually the MSP who has lodged the amendment who moves it. Once moved, an amendment is debated by the Committee (usually as part of a Group – see above). After the amendment is debated the MSP who moved it will be asked if they wish to press it to a vote or if they wish to withdraw it. If they press the amendment then the question will be put to the Committee asking if all members agree with the amendments. If all members agree, then the amendment is unanimously passed. If any member do not agree, then the question is put to a vote.

A simple majority is required to pass any amendment (excluding any MSP who may have abstained). In the event of a tie in the number of votes for and against an amendment, then the Convener may use a casting vote to decide the question. If a member wishes to withdraw an amendment they have already moved, then the Committee must unanimously agree to allow it to be withdrawn. If any Committee member disagrees to an amendments being withdrawn then the Committee must vote on the amendment.

If an MSP decides not to move an amendment, or is allowed to withdraw an amendment, or the Committee votes against an amendment, then that amendments falls and the Committee carries on to the next amendment. Another rule, called the Rule of Progress, means the Committee can only consider each part of the Bill once. So once each section or schedule of the Bill has been agreed to (whether it was amended or not) it cannot be considered again at Stage 2. Stage 3, the final amending stage, exists to allow an opportunity for any final tidying up amendments to be made to a Bill.

What is a pre-emption?

You will notice in this Marshalled List that Amendment 12 pre-empts Amendments 13 and 14. Looking at Amendment 12, it proposes to delete Subsection 2 of Section 5 of the Bill. However, Amendments 13 and 14 propose to amend the wording in Subsection 2 of Section 5. Therefore, if the Committee were to agree to Amendment 12, Subsection 2 would be deleted from the Bill. This would mean that the Committee couldn’t then consider Amendments 13 and 14, as they are would then be proposing to amend a part of the Bill which no longer exists (as Amendment 12 would have just deleted it). If Amendments 12 is not agreed to (or is withdrawn, or not moved) then Subsection 2 of Section 5 would remain in the Bill and Amendments 13 and 14 could then be considered. This process is called a pre-emption.

20,000 signatures on the .22rf pistol petition!

A huge thank you to all the individuals, businesses and organisations who have supported us so far and helped us reach this important milestone.

We now have less than 4 weeks until the petition expires and in this time we have set a target goal of 25,000 signatures.

Once again we ask all our supporters if they can help us achieve this final goal.

Please ask friends, family and workmates to sign up.

We also encourage supporters to use their own initiatives, contact local clubs/grounds and send letters into shooting magazines they purchase highlighting the importance of the petition as party of the “Unity Campaign”.

With a General Election on the horizon and the threats our freedoms face it is vital that shooters do all they can to make their voices heard and show we are a strong unified community that has the potential to swing seats in favour of candidates that will support us.

The more signatures we get on this petition will help reflect that.

Please Sign Here:

http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/62588

The text of the petition is as follows;

Allow the ownership and use of .22 calibre Rimfire pistols for sporting purposes in England, Wales and Scotland.

Responsible department: Home Office

We the undersigned respectfully petition the Government to amend the Firearms Acts to allow the ownership and use of .22 calibre Rimfire pistols for competitive sporting purposes in England, Wales and Scotland.

We the undersigned therefore request that the Government:

1. Repeal the Firearms (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 1997
2. Amend the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997 such that the following sections remain repealed:
a. Section 12, 1(c)
b. Section 13

Prior to the 1997 Firearms(Amendment) (No 2) Act (which prohibited .22 calibre pistols), under the constraints of the Section 1 of the 1968 Firearms Act, competitors could legally purchase, own and use .22 calibre pistols for target shooting competition up to and including Olympic level at approved clubs.

We ask that the sport of target pistol shooting be once more permitted under the existing Section 1 Licencing scheme, thus allowing a much loved and all inclusive sporting discipline to flourish once more.

Thank you

The Firearms UK Team

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Clay Shooting in Paralympic Games

As part of a long running campaign to get clay target shooting accepted as a discipline in the Paralympic Games the Disabled Shooters Group are currently on a fundraising drive to help send 6 of their own shooters to two events in 2014, commencing with a demonstration this July in Suhl, Germany during the IPC Shooting World Championships.

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This is a crucial step in the campaign to get para-clay shooting recognized as a Paralympic discipline and is something we are very proud to support. We have published a dedicated page in support of this effort and will be updating it as we launch initiatives in support and become aware of more information.

Please seriously consider making a contribution to this fundraising effort, not only will you directly be helping fellow shooters help promote the discipline of para-clay shooting you will also be helping to make history, by getting clay shooting accepted into the Paralympic Games which will yield wide reaching benefits for all shooters.

Either has a Firearms UK supporter or having become aware of this fundraising effort via our webpage or other promotion we also ask that you consider letting us know any contributions you make, this will allow us to compile a summary of the total contributions to this fundraising effort by Firearms UK and our supporters and followers.

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Unity Campaign April 2014 Poster

The first poster for our Unity campaign. Professionally printed A5 copies are available whilst stocks last, if you are interested in obtaining some to promote the campaign please send us an e-mail to contact@firearmsuk.org.

Unity Campaign – Full Petition Text

Due to the limitations imposed upon us by the official e-petition website, our original petition text had to be shortened. For completeness, the full version is shown bellow.


Allow the ownership and use of .22 calibre rimfire pistols for sporting purposes in England, Wales and Scotland.

Responsible department: Home Office

We the undersigned respectfully petition the Government to amend the Firearms Acts to allow the ownership and use of .22 calibre rimfire pistols for competitive sporting purposes in England, Wales and Scotland.

We therefore request that the Government:

1. Repeal the Firearms (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 1997
2. Amend the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997 such that the following sections remain repealed:

  1. Section 12, 1(c)
  2. Section 13

Prior to the 1997 Firearms(Amendment) (No 2) Act (which prohibited .22 calibre pistols), under the constraints of the Section 1 of the 1968 Firearms Act, competitors could legally purchase, own and use .22 calibre pistols for target shooting competition up to and including Olympic level at approved clubs.

We ask that the sport of target pistol shooting be once more permitted under the existing Section 1 Licencing scheme, allowing a much loved sporting discipline to flourish once more.

Although special dispensations have been arranged for the members of our Commonwealth and Olympic pistol shooting teams, which allow a selected few to train within the UK and participate in the 2014 Commonwealth games in Glasgow; this offers no avenue for new people coming into the sport. This also places serious limitations on our ability to compete at a high level in the future.

Target shooting is an all inclusive sport, with less-able bodied, hearing and visually impaired people able to compete at all levels within the various disciplines to include competing with able bodied people on an equal basis.

Shooting is a major international competitive sport in which the UK has a long history of success. It is time that legislation encouraged British athletes to participate on a level field with other international teams.

Firearms UK
http://firearmsuk.org

‘Call to Action’ Video Promoting Unity Campaign Petition

One of our supporters has kindly produced a video to help promote the Unity campaign petition.

Please watch it, share it and give it the thumbs up.