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Celebrating our 1st Anniversary

We are very proud to announce that on this day, the 4th March Firearms UK Association celebrates its 1st anniversary. It has been a very busy and exciting year for us. We realize at times it may have seemed like we have been quiet but the team have very seldom been inactive.

In the past year we have continued to build upon our original aims of increasing unity within shooting and have encouraged firearms enthusiasts to take a more active role in promoting and defending firearms ownership and the shooting sports.

We have continued to build and strengthen connections within the shooting community and will continue to do so, and are particularly proud to support the inclusive and disabled shooting organisations; Sport4all, Disabled Shooters Group and Disabled Shooting Project ensuring the joys of shooting are available to all, regardless of handicap.

Here is a brief rundown of some of the work we have
been involved with in the last year:

With respect to consultations; we have responded formally to numerous consultations which impact upon firearms ownership and the shooting sports which include; Scottish airguns, Scottish National Heritage, EU consultation on firearms controls and are continuing to develop our formal response to the Natural England consultation on General and Class licences.

Members of Firearms UK Association have continued to lobby MP’s and MEP’s both personally and on behalf of the Association for all of the above consultations, in concern over the EU ‘Firearms Directive’ and any other matter which has shown a potential to have a negative impact on the UK shooting community. We have also reached out to a myriad of political parties to further promote the positives of shooting and counter some of the strong bias against shooting, so often prevalent in the media.

Alongside responding to the various threats to the shooting community as they appear, we have also responded to press enquiries, wrote and had published numerous articles and or comments in the ‘shooting press’ and have published open letters and commentary via our own website and social media channels.

Importantly, since our original formation as an online group we have reorganised our structure, both internally and publicly and are also very happy to announce that as of the 1st March we are now an Association, formally being recognized as Firearms UK Association.

Still to come; much of our time recently has been invested in developing campaigns to launch this year. The specific nature of these campaigns is yet to be made public, but we have been very busy organising these efforts behind the scenes and consulting with individuals and organisations to ensure that these campaigns will be as professional as possible and be of such a standard that we can reasonably expect a positive outcome from them. We are expecting to launch at least one of these new campaigns this month.

Finally, with the kindness of one of our supporters we have prepared our next free prize draw, which we are very excited about. We will launch the prize draw when our Facebook page reaches 3,000 Likes, so please continue to share and promote Firearms UK Association and help us build up the reach of our page.

We would like to thank everyone dearly for supporting our efforts over the past year and look forward to working with and supporting you all for the rest of 2014 and into the future to ensure the future is bright for shooting and firearms ownership within the UK.

Firearms UK
Fighting for your Rights
http://firearmsuk.org

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EU Elections 2014, Letter to MP

As part of our campaign for the 2014 European Union elections; Here is the Body of Text which may form the basis of a submission to an MP. It may be copied and pasted, used as presented or edited for individual preference.

The purpose of this letter is to highlight with yourself, and your respective Political Party of my awareness of the upcoming European Elections on 22nd May 2014, and the UK General Election 2015.

Respectfully one requests that you support the Rights, Liberties and Freedoms of UK shooters by expressing your intention to lobby against any further unwarranted restriction to be imposed in a country that already has some of the tightest controls on private firearms ownership and use anywhere in the world.

As a Member of Parliament representing my interests through the democratic process one personally feels that any elected Parliamentary member who themselves feel unable to support UK based shooting in its entirety and unable to resist any further legislation European or Domestic limiting rights, liberties and freedoms will no longer be in receipt of any voting right afforded oneself as a UK subject and exercised at the polling booth.

Closer to the UK General Election 2015 I will write to you again to remind you of my point of view and how it may influence my voting decisions. I have also made written submission on this subject to the Member of the European Parliament representing my interests.

Please join with me to promote the safe, responsible ownership and use of firearms with the minimum of restriction and let us together continue to contribute to the wealth and prosperity of the UK.

May I thank you in anticipation of an objective approach to this subject.

Sincerely

EU Elections 2014, Letter to MEP

As part of our campaign for the 2014 European Union elections; Here is the Body of Text which may form the basis of a submission to an MEP. It may be copied and pasted, used as presented or edited for individual preference.

The purpose of this letter is to highlight with yourself, and your respective Political Party of my awareness of the upcoming European Elections on 22nd May 2014.

The European Union, in addition to certain domestic parties propose and encourage further detrimental action towards the shooting sports and discipline’s, and an individuals’ Rights, Liberties and Freedoms in relation to private firearms ownership.

Shooting Organisations have written directly to the European Commission expressing their dismay that UK private firearms owners, as law abiding people are once again under potential attack for no legitimate reason, the proposed EU onslaught likely emanating as a result of a biased and subjective EU survey on criminal firearms activity of which one is confident you are aware.

Respectfully one requests that you support UK shooters by expressing your intention to lobby against any further unwarranted restriction to be imposed in a country that already has some of the tightest controls on private firearms ownership and use anywhere in the world.

As an MEP representing my interests through the democratic process one personally feels that any elected European Parliamentary member who themselves feel unable to support UK based shooting in its entirety and unable to resist any further legislation from the EU limiting Rights, Liberties and Freedoms will no longer be in receipt of any voting right afforded to myself as a UK subject, and exercised at the polling booth.

Please join with me to promote the safe, responsible ownership and use of firearms with the minimum of restriction and let us together continue to contribute to the wealth and prosperity of the UK.

May I thank you in anticipation of an objective, and positive approach to this subject.

Sincerely

Natural England Consultation on General & Class Licences

Natural England has today begun a Consultation on General and Class Licences under wildlife legislation in England. The consultation will close at 5pm on Monday 19th May 2014.

Natural England is seeking views on a number of proposals and topics relating to the General and Class Licences issued under wildlife legislation. These licences are periodically reviewed, and Natural England consults with stakeholders and the general public on proposed changes and seeks views on broader topics.

  1. the management of conflict species;
  2. the trapping and welfare of animals;
  3. sale, exhibition and possession of protected species;
  4. improving compliance with the licences;
  5. changes related to obligations under the EU Birds Directive.

This consultation will be of interest to anyone who uses a General or Class Licence, and organisations representing the interests of licence users and/or protected species.

You can respond to the consultation by e-mailing completed response forms to wildlife.consultation@naturalengland.org.uk. Alternatively you can respond in writing to:

Natural England General Licence Consultation
c/o Wildlife Licensing
Natural England
Temple Quay House
2 The Square
Bristol BS1 6EB

(NB: There is no need to post hard copies of e-mailed responses and responses received by post will not be acknowledged unless specifically requested.)

Whilst we recognize the importance of periodically reviewing and if necessary updating the licencing schemes of which Natural England has the authority to administer we have some concerns around increasing the administrative burden for those undertaking pest control and the impact certain proposals will have on the successful control of pest species to prevent damage to agriculture. Some of our concerns include, but are not necessary limited to the following;

Introducing a requirement to report on nil returns as part of the air safety Class Licence.

A proposal to introduce a referenced tagging system for traps set under General or Class Licence.

Proposal to include a statement in all General Licences that a person’s right to use a General licence may be rescinded if they breach a condition(s) of a wildlife licence.

Whilst having some concerns as noted above we appreciate that Natural England have taken the time to conduct ‘An Assessment of Regulatory Impact’, see Annex C in contrast to the Scottish Government who failed to conduct such an assessment whilst launching their campaign against airgun owners. In addition we are happy to support numerous of the proposals within the consultation.

We advise all firearms owners to become familiar with the General and Class Licence even in cases where they are not required to carry out lawful shooting related activities such as in target shooting; the current consultation presents an ideal opportunity. Familiarity with the licences allows all shooters to present their views and any evidence in support of reasonable and logical legislation which does not place any unnecessary financial or administrative burden upon those which it impacts. A detailed response on behalf of Firearms UK Association will be published in due course.

Further Reading

Natural England launches General Licences consultation
English general licences consultation – have your say
Natural England Consultation on Pest Bird Licensing Opens

Feedback on British Shooting Show 2014

Tim, one of our supporters has kindly provided us some feedback on this years British Shooting Show, show bellow. Did you go to the show, how did you find it? What would you like to see next year?

This year’s British Shooting Show at Stoneleigh Park Warwickshire, lived up to expectations in its 6th year. This year there was more guns and accessories provided by traders and distributors for the public to look at and buy. The show provides an ideal opportunity for those thinking of getting a new gun to look at what’s on offer from the distributors. Also the same applies to accessories as there was lots to look at and check out. All in warm and dry exhibition halls

On Friday speaking to various traders, they were buoyant. The extra day meant increased cost for the traders, and the general feeling was that ‘if the next two days were as good, then things would be ok. Traders in the air rifle/ air soft hall seemed to be quieter than the main halls but this could have just been at the time I was walking around. One trader I spoke with selling shotguns was not sure that he was situated in the right place however He did report that hammer guns were selling well. “People that already own shotguns were looking for something a bit different”.

Those traders with Quality clothing reported that it was selling steadily and that people make a conscious decision to buy it it’s not an impulse buy and the recent bad weather doesn’t have too much effect.

Other comments were that the show had grown year on year however “it will stop at some point” but to date “they’ve ‘always done alright so far”. By Saturday afternoon a trader reported that he still hadn’t had chance to get off his stand.

Speaking to the public over the 3 days they all felt it was better than last year, no one reported any traffic problems unlike last year.

This show is a must on the calendar for all shooters catering as it does for all Disciplines and for both the novice and experienced shooter alike.

A final thing I would like to say that John Bertrand built a great shooting show and he will be sadly missed. His family can be rightly proud of his legacy.

A few photos from the 2014 show.

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Happy New Year from Firearms UK

Night time firing range showing tracer fire with a Happy New Year message from Firearms UK