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South Yorkshire Shooting Club

Kate took advantage of some coaching on her new Steyr LP10E during a taster session at the exceptional South Yorkshire Shooting Club earlier today. Located in an industrial area not far from Meadowhall Shopping Centre the facilities at SYSC begin to impress as soon as you step through the door.

Each of us has visited a number of grounds and ranges recently; but it’s fair to say we were still a little awe struck when we entered SYSC. Immediately we found ourselves in the refreshments area, with everything you’d expect; cold drinks, tea, coffee and sandwich facilities, all provided by the very friendly and helpful staff.

Looking ahead, you get the first glimpse of range through viewing windows; which is an excellent touch. Unlike some ranges which seem much more closed off, SYSC is very open, bright and very much inviting. A cursory glance around the wall at the rear of the refreshments area and you’ll see the main range in all of its impressive glory. With a number of positions, complete with C02 charging facilities, rests, chairs and everything else you’ll need to enjoy your time here.

On the range itself you’ll find dedicated booths; suitable for right and left handed shooters, remote controlled overhead carriages, Bell Tower among others; and the range is disabled accessible.

Turning the opposite way you’ll find the reception area, and no doubt will be greeted by the friendly and welcoming staff of SYSC. Opposite the reception desk there are disabled friendly toilets, which are certainly the best I’ve ever experienced at any range or shooting facility! Ahead, past reception is the gun room with a sensible selection of rifles, a diverse selection of targets and accessories and a very impressive selection of pellets for you to choose from – including test packs in both .177 and .22, which would be ideal for your to pellet test your air pistol or air rifle.

Off the gun room, is a shotgun simulator; although closed during our visit and I’m told archery is also soon to be accommodated.

The pistol range was the main reason for our visit today, and it didn’t disappoint. Clean and bright, it is an impressive and inviting facility; complete with video camera and monitor, making checking your targets an effortless exercise. The targets are moved manually and can bet set at 6m, 10m and 13m at the back wall. A key facility and one which was appreciated by Javkhlan, a Mongolian 10m air pistol shooter and recent visitor to the club is a large viewing window beside the pistol range. The viewing window allows visitors and others to view the action on the pistol range without getting in the way of the shooters; which was considered an important anxiety-rising addition for those who are serious at training for national and international competitions, offering a chance to steadily get used to being watched whilst performing.

Under the tutelage of Mike, Kate got to grips with the Steyr LP10E, fine-tuned the sights, shot a number of groups, and had an opportunity to try out a diverse selection of pellets to see which her pistol preferred. Mike was friendly, helpful, fostered a relaxing, pressure free atmosphere and was clearly experienced and despite Kate’s significant experience with air pistols, the coaching session today was no doubt beneficial to her.

Overall I can’t recommend SYSC highly enough, the facilities and overall impression of the site is simply outstanding, coupled with the very friendly, welcoming and supportive staff; finding a better facility for serious, and casual air pistol shooting alike would be a significant challenge.

Molly; range dog :-)

Molly; range dog :-)

Thanks for having us.

Airsoft – What Is It?

This has the potential to go on for absolute pages and pages so aware not everyone shares my passion for this wonderful hobby I’ll try to contain myself and be concise!

Airsoft began in Japan way back in the early eighties as a way for Japanese people to enjoy shooting in a country where gun laws are even more restrictive than the UK and private ownership of firearms is strictly prohibited for the most part.

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The guns are generally 1:1 replicas of real guns and made of either metal, polymers or plastics or combinations thereof much like real firearms.  Obviously how they work is very different to a real firearm and led to the name, which originally was softair as the guns are air driven but very low powered due to again Japanese laws restricting muzzle energy to less than 1J, which equates to around 328fps with a 6mm plastic BB or ball bullet to give them the correct name.  To clarify though a 4.5mm BB gun using metal pellets IS NOT an Airsoft gun but an air pistol and should not be used in a game where you will be shooting at other people!!

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Whilst all Airsoft guns work by using compressed air or gas to propel a BB down a smooth bore barrel how that is achieved varies.  Traditionally they used HPA held in a small tank that was connected to the gun via a hose.  Over time systems developed and a large model company called Tokyo Marui pioneered an electric system that is battery powered and uses gears to pull a piston back against a spring in a cylinder that’s released at the end of its travel to fire the BB. The birth of the automatic electric gun or AEG.  This is now the most popular way to operate an Airsoft rifle and has been widely copied by most manufacturers.  Whilst a very good system it is a bit of a sterile experience to shoot an AEG as you can hear the motor and gears and there is normally no recoil or feedback to the user.  In more modern systems this has been addressed to some extent and these newer guns are much more satisfying to shoot.

The second method uses compressed gas, usually, propane or “duster gas” held in the magazine to cycle the gun.  This leads to guns that operate more like their real steel counterparts with more realistic trigger breaking points, rests and recoil in both pistols and rifles and gives the most realistic experience to shooters.  The gas blow back pistols have allowed a lot of ex pistol shooters to continue their hobby albeit with lower powered guns in both muzzle velocity and felt recoil but still have a tactile experience when firing.  There is also a growing practical pistol scene in the UK using these guns with large well attended competitions being held with increasing regularity.

The third system that has emerged again recently harks back to the golden era of Airsoft and has seen a resurgence in HPA powered guns.  The systems used to handle the HPA are considerably more advanced than back in the day however and have electronic fire control groups and are made as drop in systems to utilise existing receivers!  These guns offer the shot to shot consistency and adjustability that a lot of airgunners are used to now with PCP air guns but again lack a certain tactility for the user as the newer systems forgo recoil in favour of reliability.

The final method and by far the simplest is the spring powered Airsoft gun.  These are generally single shot and require cocking between each shot whereas the other systems can all be select fire.  Much fun!!  Although very simple they are incredibly effective especially when used in bolt action guns which allow for great consistency in shots and make for great long range sniping platforms.

The Games

The most common game is an Airsoft skirmish.  It’s a form of military simulation on a sliding scale of authenticity (for want of a better word) from games that are similar to paintball all the way up to extremely immersive 48hr Ops where you carry everything you need and play through for the full two days.  These games are focused on the experience as much as the shooting whereas a skirmish is very much geared towards faster paced action with firefights being much more frequent.

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Airsoft games can be held in woodland at insured sites or in old disused buildings for CQB games.  A relatively recent development of the last few years is the use of military training grounds such as Sennybridge, Copehill Down and Stanta to hold these games at giving a chance to play at areas normally off limits and reserved for training military personnel adding another level to the whole experience and also giving the opportunity to take part in FIBUA types of games and all that entails.

It’s fair to say that the complexity of games has increased dramatically since I started playing with some games offering helicopter or water borne insertions as well the use of ground vehicles through the game!  There is something for everyone in Airsoft.

Over the years another discipline has emerged and is gaining popularity rapidly and that is practical pistol shooting.  This has really taken off in a big way with a lot of ex pistol shooters coming over so they can continue to do what they did before the ban in 1997 even though the guns are lot less powerful than what they were used to.

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So that’s it really – in a nutshell.  A brief potted history of Airsoft.  I’ve left lots out but there are plenty of resources out there if you wish to find out more or just post on the Firearms UK Facebook page and we’ll get back to you.

All photos copyright Peter Bates – www.photobypedro.co.uk

General Election 2015 – Candidate Views on Shooting Sports & Firearms Ownership

Will you be voting for a candidate who supports shooting sports and firearms ownership or one who wants to increase restrictions or worse totally ban civilian firearms ownership?

Please click on the image to open the report (pdf)

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How I got into Air Pistol shooting and the benefits it has given me

I have been in this sport twice now. The first time was early in ths century when I bought myself a Webley Nemesis .177 pistol and a Walther Winchester CO2 rifle. I was a member of a club just outside of Swanley in Kent but my other main hobby of motorsport got in the way as I was a senior official at Rockingham Motor Speedway when that was in it’s heyday from 2001 until 2005. I surrendered my air guns when I moved in 2010 as I didn’t have a back garden in my new home and had no where to shoot and I left the Swanley club when I was spending time between here in the UK and the US doing motorsport officiating as well as courting my late fiancée who lived in Texas. I suppose I’d better introduce myself. My name is Kate, but it hasn’t always been Kate you see I am a male to female transsexual and currently undergoing treatment in London. I have written a couple of posts in this blog, my first was about the IOC ban of transsexuals competing in shooting sports. I am also behind the Trans Equality in Shooting Sports page on Facebook.

Back to my involvement in shooting. In 2005 I took up the hobby of Living History and joined an Old West group based at Deadwood Old West Town near Horsham in West Sussex. I was still hiding who I really was at this time and I spent a lot of money on the clothing, boots and of course the guns. Everything I had was as authentic to the period as possible. My starter gun that I carried was made a Bruni, an Italian company, and was a Colt Single Action Army M1873 aka The Peacemaker that used 9mm blanks. It was a simple gun to maintain and was a sideblaster i.e. when you fired a blank the gases and the flame from the round came out of the side of the cylinder as the barrel was completely blocked. I also found that Bruni made a 8mm Winchester 94 rifle which I also bought early on in my Western career. I soon upgraded to a Pietta made Remington New Model Army 1858 for my six shooter. Almost as soon as I bought that then the holy grail of Old West guns came on to the market from Pietta. A forward venting Peacemaker. This was in 2007 just after my mother had lost her fight with cancer. I used part of my inheritance to purchase one of these beautiful guns. I bought the Calvary version with a 7 ½ inch barrel. As far as shooting sport was concerned I did a little Fast Draw at Western events but as this wasn’t strictly Living History despite what Hollywood wants us to believe I didn’t really take it seriously even though some did and were very quick to draw and fire.

In 2008 I went back to the US and visited the Mecca for anyone involved with or loved the Old West, Tombstone in Arizona. I took all my authentic clothing with me and spent a great few days in the Town to Tough to Die. Once the owners of the infamous OK Corral realised I was a re-enactor from the UK I was escorted to the Town Marshals office and issued with a real peacemaker (after some background checks which were done very quickly) and some blank ammunition to use in the official re-enactment of the Gunfight at OK Corral. I was also authorised to carry in all building in town as I was part of the official re-enactment team in town. When I got back to the UK my role in the Western Town changed as I became the town gambler and ran the towns Faro table in the saloon as I had learnt the game in Tombstone.

Over the winter of 2008/09 I was very ill with dangerously high blood pressure and was old that I might not live to see Xmas. This was in November. I survived thanks to medication but it scared me like there was no tomorrow. I sat at home, scared to death as I knew what a major part of the problem was, but scared to do anything. In May 2009 I plucked up courage visited the doctors and requested Gender Reassignment and I transitioned then. Until 2012 I battled with depression as I fought to get treatment for my gender issues. It was also in this year that I switched from Old West Living History to WW2 and started my interest in Bletchley Park. I now portray a code breaker from BP as we call Bletchley and travel all over the UK going to events.

Then in early 2012 I heard that the local council wanted volunteers to help with the London 2012 Torch relay and the Paralympic Road Cycling which was happening in my village. I was chosen to be a Team Leader and led teams throughout the events in my area. It was through watching the shooting during the Olympic Games that my interest in shooting was rekindled. I soon found a nice friendly club at Paddock Wood in Kent. The South East Airgun Club or SEAC. The first day I went there I was scared as to the reception I would get but I was welcomed with open arms. My first gun that I bought was a heavy Walther CP88 CO2 pistol which I enjoyed shooting and got on well with. I tried a couple of rifles (a Stoeger X20 and later on a Weihrauch HW57. Both were springer’s with a recoil) but I couldn’t get on with them at all. I couldn’t a barn door at one yard so I sold those rifles. For me the real break threw in shooting came when I bought a Beeman P17 single stroke pneumatic pistol and started to take part in the clubs Pistol Field Target League.

I was really enjoying myself even though I was propping up the table but my scores were improving slowly. In August I bought a new FT pistol and this time it was the best for FT shooting a Brocock Grand Prix PCP pistol that was just under the UK legal limit for pistols. In the September I shot a personal best for the season of 72 points out of a possible 120 and came third in the round. The next month I won both rounds and ended up 5th in the league. I have also bought a Rohm Twinmaster Action CO2 Precision Pistol for 6 and 10 meter competitions (once I am allowed to enter them!!! But that is a different story and has already been covered in my first post on this blog) and a Walther PPQ CO2 pistol for Iron Plate Action Shooting or IPAS ( I have my first competition on 6th April) which I will have a go at within the next few weeks and is trans friendly as well. My expectations for my performance is low as it will be the first time at this type of event but we all have to start at the bottom.

How has this wonderful sport affected me and my health? Well it has given me a lot more confidence which has taken several knocks over the years thanks to hate crimes committed against myself and my flat. I suppose my Living History activities have also played a part in rebuilding my confidence but most of it has to be down to shooting. The biggest benefit shooting has had is very definitely related to my health. As I previously mentioned I was very ill with dangerously blood pressure which is controlled by medication and shooting. Before I took up the sport my BP was still high but no where near the 200+/130+ it was at the end of 2008. When I attended the Gender Clinic in London back in July 2013 my BP was taken as routine. This was the first time that my BP had been taken since I started shooting. I was expecting it to be around 140/100 as I don’t like hospitals at the best of times and this was a big day. Imagine my shock when the readings came back at 110/70 the lower part of normal. I nearly fell of my chair in shock. I asked the Sister who took the BP whether my shooting could be factor in the drop and she answered in the affirmative as the sport requires concentration and the ability to remain calm whilst taking the shot. I wonder if we can get shooting prescribed on the NHS!!!!! It certainly has been the perfect medication for me.

Whilst I’ll be on the cocktail of medication for the rest of my life I do know that it is shooting that has basically saved my life. I love the sport and the friends I have made directly through the sport including those in Firearms UK. I will not give up the sport again unless they are nailing down the lid on my coffin and even then I will be hammering to get out and go shooting. The sport has given me a lot of enjoyment so far and will continue to do so. The social aspect is fun as well as the buzz of competition and trying to beat the person in the next lane as well as the good natured heckling in a club event.

I have been involved in top level sport as an official for many years but actually taking part is the biggest thrill I can get and on top that it has positive health benefits. I am always nervous when I go to a new venue but unfortunately that goes with the territory of being trans but I have not had a problem within the shooting community apart from the previously mentioned ban of trans competitors outside of club events. Another unexpected effect that shooting has had on me shouldn’t really have been unexpected and that is that my ability to estimate distances has really improved and that is an important skill in FT shooting. I have also started to notice nature more since I have been back in shooting. I don’t hunt but last year during a particularly boring day at Brands Hatch (one of my places of work (I am on the Safety Team)) I noticed some rabbits nearby and I started to estimate the range and started to stalk them and go within 10 yards. Not a bad effort considering there was little cover and I was wearing bright orange overalls!!! I would love to own a couple of live fire handguns namely a real Colt SAA M1873 Peacemaker or a Browning Hi Power but the crazy UK gun laws that were a knee-jerk reaction to a tragic incident in 1997 makes that impossible (while I am at it please visit the Unity Campaign page and please sign the petition which is accessible through the link at the bottom of the campaign page or click on this link which takes you straight to the petition ). I hope and believe that those laws will someday be repealed. When I have had my operation (which I hope will be late next year) I will start the process of getting my FAC. I already have a safe in which my airguns are kept since they are my babies. If you see me on the airgun circuit (look for the woman wearing a white Davies & Co polo shirt with a Firearms UK patch) and come and say hello.

Comment Archive – “Scottish Airgun Licencing Campaign”

The following comments were originally made available bellow our No to Airgun Licencing in Scotland campaign page, and are now available here instead.

Cross posted by Erika, with kind permission from John Cavell who originally posted the comment on the No to Airgun Licencing in Scotland Facebook page.

Hi all. I’m not Scottish, nor do I live in Scotland but I have just emailed my response to the proposals. For what it’s worth, here is what I said:

I strongly oppose the proposals to introduce a licensing scheme and other restrictions on the use of low-powered airguns in Scotland:

I believe the proposed licensing scheme will not achieve the stated objectives of the Scottish Government: “… to protect the people of Scotland from the problem of inappropriate and unsafe airgun use” and “… only those with legitimate reason … will be able to own an airgun.” People who use low-powered airguns inappropriately and unsafely will not be deterred by the requirement to possess a licence and nor will that requirement prevent anyone without legitimate reason from obtaining an airgun, just as the UK-wide ban on handguns has not prevented an explosion in the possession and use of handguns by criminals. It will simply hamper the safe and legitimate enjoyment of low-powered airguns by the vast majority.

There are already dozens of offences that can be committed by use/possession of low-powered airguns, covering every conceivable situation. More laws and further restrictions on law-abiding, legitimate users are not required. However, proper enforcement of the existing laws by the police would be welcomed (I speak as a victim of airgun crime in England where, to the best of my knowledge, the police took no action at all).

A licensing scheme for low-powered airguns will not reduce the already low and still falling numbers of airgun offences. Offences are committed either by criminals who, by definition, are unlikely to change their ways simply because a licensing scheme has been introduced, or by essentially law-abiding people who inadvertently fall foul of the law due to ignorance of the laws or by accident (without any malice). With some 500,000 airguns in Scotland, the proposed scheme is likely to lead to the criminalization of many law-abiding people who currently possess airguns but are unaware of any new requirement for a licence. One can imagine such a “firearms-related criminal record” would have a devastating impact on decent people’s careers, voluntary work, mortgage applications, etc.

The proposed scheme is completely disproportionate to the level of crime committed with low-powered airguns in Scotland (195 recorded offences in 2011-12 and falling). The considerable effort and money that would be required on the part of the Scottish Government and Police to put the proposals into force would be so much better employed in enhancing the fight against the vastly more serious problems of crime related to illegal drugs, alcohol-fuelled violence, serious motoring offences, domestic violence, etc.

The proposal to outlaw responsible “plinking” is unjustified and a severe infringement of law-abiding citizens’ right to the safe enjoyment of their pastime on their own private property. There are already many laws covering the use of low-powered airguns that prohibit pellets from passing the boundary of the property and protect most birds, animals and pets etc. Enhanced public awareness of these laws and enforcement when they are maliciously broken should be sufficient to continue the downward trend in low-powered airgun-related offences.

I urge the Scottish Government to reconsider its proposals. Low-powered airgun offences have been falling, and will no doubt continue to fall, as a result of some excellent public awareness work. Continue that work, and ensure the Police enforce the many existing laws. Invest the vast amount of money the scheme would cost and the considerable Police effort in administering it in an area where it will have a greater beneficial impact and will do more good.

Yours faithfully

Original comment by Stuart Smith:

I live right on the border between Scotland and England, I shoot on both sides of the border, say one day I take an air gun and not a firearm, I start in England, then break the law in Scotland, two parts of the same nation, does the offence count against you in England? Just one of the many problems arising.

Reply to the above by Dave Ewing:

Stuart- I think it would depend on if they caught you in Scotland or not and if they wanted to try and make an example of someone. What I think will happen is if it goes ahead in Scotland then the UK Government will try to follow suit. This is one of the reasons behind this page being set up to try and unite all gun owners in the UK and co-ordinate our actions against any unfair, unworkable legislation.

Original Comment by Charles:

Just a small observation on the united front presented by the Shooting fraternity. I have read that there are between half and two million Air Gun users in the UK as whole yet, although to be praised and celebrated, there are only circa 13600 Petition signatures. Perhaps the lobbying of MSP’s
directly was greater?

Reply to above by Erika:

I believe the turn out was significant, yet still disappointing given the numbers of people involved. Personally I believe that through decades of media bias, misinformation, and attacks to rights, many within the shooting community are fearful of getting involved and prefer to try and fly bellow the radar.

I hope this website can serve as a rallying call to unite and mobilize the shooting and other communities affected by such legislation.

Original reply by Stephen:

I read the consultation about the proposed licensing scheme and i don’t like the way that a “good reason” is being imposed upon the ownership of low powered airguns. That takes the airgun licence beyond a shotgun certificate, as one needs no “good reason” to possess a shotgun. All that is required is the desire to own it. It was also implied in the consultation document that informal target shooting, or plinking, would not be accepted as a good reason. In fact the document crowed that the Scottish government wants to stamp out plinking, though there is no obvious risk to public safety involved in it. I don’t live in Scotland so this law does not affect me directly but I do fear that in the event of Labour returning to power in 2015 the law would be imposed on England and Wales.

Reply to the above by Erika:

We share your fears Stephen which is why we created the sister campaign No to Airgun Licencing in England & Wales.

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A Firearms UK meme on the potential cost of an airgun licensing scheme for Scotland

PPC Discussion on Airgun Licensing; Debrief

David Ewing, both a founding member of Firearms UK and the founder of the “No to Airgun Licensing in Scotland” campaign was in the Scottish Parliament on the 3rd of September 2013 to provide an opening address and answers questions on behalf of the twenty one thousand who signed his petition against the Scottish Government’s proposal to introduce a licensing scheme and further restrict low powered airguns in Scotland. The following statement has been prepared by David.

Initially I was incredibly nervous when I sat down at the table. I am not used to giving presentations especially in a venue such as the Scottish Parliament. As the proceedings were running late I had to cut down the length of my opening statement from ten minutes to around five. Unfortunately this threw me a lot and left me having to think on my feet trying to draw together parts of what I had prepared. Gratefully the Committee Chair appeared very understanding which helped put me at ease.

My opening statement basically reiterated that this proposal would be a costly burden on the Police, Taxpayer and on the individual airgun user. I also stated that the proposal was disproportionate when compared to the amount of airgun offenses and so unjustified. The committee quickly moved onto questions and discussions pertaining to the evidence I had provided and the statements I made.

I had provided the committee with examples of the variety of airgun purchase prices which prompted a question as to why people who wanted to own airguns would be against licensing, particularly when airguns can cost £1000 or more. My response was that whilst people with expensive airguns may be OK with paying for a license [the license being a small fraction of the airgun cost] for example serious competitive shooters and possibly professional pest controllers [who could offset the cost]. License fees could have a huge impact on people entering the sport and those with cheaper airguns.

A discussion regarding terminology was had. Mr Tam Parker (The Scottish Association for Country Sports, SACS) correctly stated that referring to airguns as “air weapons” was incorrect unless the airgun was being used to harm or threaten someone. An airgun used for target practise should not be referred to as a “weapon”.

Key amongst the questions was what I thought the cost of implementing a license system would be and how I had obtained the figures. I stated that at the highest end of the scale it could potentially be around £100,000,000 in processing applications using figures obtained from the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO). Figures which the ACPO had provided regarding the cost of processing applications for Shotgun Certificates and assuming that there would be 500,000 applications. Clearly there is unlikely to be this number of applications so to balance this I offered the more conservative estimate that even if the amount of licence applications was reduced to the more reasonable number of 125,000 it would still cost around £25,000,000 to process, again using the ACPO figures.

There was, in my opinion, a rather cheap shot fired at me by Mr Chic Brodie MSP, who after asking if I had ever been shot with an airgun, to which I responded I had not, informed me that he had been shot with an one. Mr Parker pointed out that Mr Brodie being shot by someone using an airgun is already an illegal offence. It was pointed out by a member of the committee that an airgun licensing scheme would not necessarily prevent that type of crime from occurring.

Mr Brodie then proceeded to make a comment regarding a child killed by someone using an airgun. Mr Brodie’s comment regarding the child’s death offended me greatly, as in my opinion, it was an attempt to exploit a tragedy to try get people’s emotions fired up. I responded to his comment stating that whilst every gun owner would agree that it is a tragedy, there was a similar incident where a child was beaten to death with a golf club yet there is not the same outcry against golf. The death of a child is the death of a child and you cannot blame an inanimate object for the will of the person holding or using it. (Out of interest, I later found out that Mr Brodie is part of the Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Golf)

Dr Colin Shedden (The British Association for Shooting & Conservation, BASC) mentioned that an unintended consequence of airgun licensing may be that people may not go for an airgun license, they may go straight to SGC/FAC instead.

A member of the committee highlighted that tickets for shooting sports at the Commonwealth games are among the fastest selling.

I feel that the prior to the meeting the committee did not have an understanding of the potential scale of the issue, i.e. the number of airguns in circulation (Dr Shedden confirmed that the 500,000 was a minimum figure), the potential costs of a licensing scheme and the potential impact on airgun sports.

There was a recommendation by Mr Brodie that the petition should be closed, however after a counter recommendation by Mr Carlaw of the Conservative party it was decided that it would be best to leave the petition open while the Justice Secretary responded to some of the issues presented.”

Important Announcement

Yesterday (3rd September 2013) the Scottish Government announced their “Empowering Scotland: The Government’s Programme for Scotland 2013-2014”

On page 67 under the title of “Priorities for the Year Ahead”…

“57. The actions which the Scottish Government takes over the year ahead will aim to further empower communities, continue the vital reform and modernization of Scotland’s justice system, and take the action necessary both to protect public safety and encourage people away from offending:

*the Licensing Bill will create an effective licensing regime for air weapons to protect public safety and give local communities greater influence over aspects of alcohol and civic government licensing in order to preserve public order and safety, reduce crime, and promote public health”

We will continue to provide updates, and outline continued action against such measures as soon as possible

Airgun Licensing on the Radio

URGENT There is to be a radio interview at approximately 17:45 this evening with one of our own and the founder of the No to Airgun licensing in Scotland campaign, please get the word out and listen in to show your support. Further details about today’s important meeting in the Scottish Parliament will be made available as soon as possible.