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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

Last minute change to the Scottish General Licence

You may recall that we raised concerns about Scottish General Licences back in August and unfortunately it now seems that our fears have been realized after a last minute change by SNH to their General Licence which are to take effect from 1st January 2014.

Specifically we are concerned that the changes to the licence to include “an enabling paragraph” will be granting civil servants legal powers without evidence of a criminal offence, an approach which is too easily open to abuse.

We are in agreement with BASC regarding the consultation which as with the recent airgun consultation shows that the Scottish Government is more concerned with ticking the consultation box rather than actually going through the process in a manner that would meet even their own documented standards; by allow a minimum of 12 weeks for responses instead of only 6.

We will keep you informed of any developments, for further information please see this update from BASC.

Judgement Day

A Firearms UK meme with a Judgement Day theme

So, you own an airgun?

A Firearms UK meme from the "Unity Series" on Airgun Shooters

Please join us on our airgun campaign Facebook pages or our Firearms UK Facebook page to discuss this meme, or any other firearms and shooting related topics.

Airguns are not weapons…

A Firearms UK meme on why its wrong to call airguns weapons

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Scottish Government to introduce Mandatory Airgun licensing

Proposals for Licensing Air Weapons in Scotland: An Analysis of Consultation Responses

Firearms UK Responds to the Forestry Commissions Consultation

Firearms UK agrees with and supports the overall content of the document; Deer Management on the National Forest Estate – Current Practice and Future Directions [Draft 20.03.2013] but have concerns for the impact on recreational stalkers.

Whilst we appreciate that the FES permits recreational stalking on the NFE, Firearms UK would prefer that access to shooting opportunities were made more available. Stalkers must carry out shooting in a safe, responsible manner and reduce any undue suffering to the quarry; however the requirement for formal DSC2 qualifications we feel unfairly restricts stalkers who are suitably qualified through experience gained. In addition the cost, both in time and financially of obtaining DSC qualification may also be prohibitive and unfairly disadvantages those on low incomes, deterring some from taking up the sport of recreational stalking altogether.

Firearms UK would oppose the mandatory use of non-lead ammunition. We do not believe that there is any evidence of lead pollution due to centre-fire rounds being left in the environment. Such a change to existing practice would pass on a further additional cost to the stalker through the purchase of more expensive non-lead ammunition.

Firearms UK support the efforts of the FES to make good use of shot deer by supplying the Scottish venison industry.