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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 Amend the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997 such that the following sections remain repealed: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

‪#‎unity

Who Am I? Karen

This issue of “Who Am I?” Features Karen from custom mats and hides. This article highlights the benefits to the UK economy shooting brings
by way various small business enterprises that are created. It also shows the important charity work that many firearms enthusiasts take part in through
shooting sports which raises significant sums of money for very worthy causes each year.

Tell us about yourself?

My names Karen, I’m 47 years of age and I hadn’t shot a rifle in my life until ten years ago.

I’m self-employed and run my own shooting accessory business with my husband, which we started 3 years ago, making bespoke, shooting mats, bean bags, rifle bags etc.  This was started off the back of our air rifle club that we run together too. We live in Rayleigh, Essex and our shooting club is not far from home in Rochford, Essex.
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How did you get into shooting?

 

I first had a go at shooting, when my husband joined a very small club with my eldest son when he turned 8 and showed a keen interest in air rifles. I used to go and watch them for a short while but one day decided that I might like to have a go and never looked back since, I got the shooting bug.
After a while my husband became more involved in the running of this small club when the organiser took ill, he thoroughly enjoyed it, but as it was only shooting air rifles in a small field, he decided to look for a wood locally to perhaps expand the club and make it more varied. We approached a local land owner who had a private 3 acre wood. That is when Rochford air gun club started.

We shoot every other Sunday and have 60 members. At each shoot, we introduce new people to the world of air rifle shooting.
We also like to organise shoots for charity 2 years ago we organised a competition with all proceeds going to Essex Air Ambulance, we had 80+ Shooters on the day and raised £660. As this was successful, we have now organised a much bigger event in aid of Help for Heroes and Essex Air Ambulance, which will take place in a 47 acre wood on July 13th. All proceeds will be split between the two charities.k2

 

What other forms of shooting are you interested in?

If I didn’t shoot air rifles, I would probably take up clay shooting. A friend of ours took us out to his local club for the day and we found it very enjoyable and very challenging.

How important is shooting to you?

Shooting is a very important part of our lives socially and work wise, our business Custom Sporting Mats & Hides, has expanded mainly through word of mouth and the internet, but running a club has played a very big part on what we make and sell.

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(Some of Karen’s products)

 

What has been your best shooting experience so far?

The best shooting experience so far has been running our own club, it’s been a learning curve like most things. Providing a safe, relaxing, picturesque environment for people to come and have a lovely days shoot and go home with a smile on their face is the most rewarding feeling ever.

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What other hobbies/interests do you have?

I have had other hobbies such as horse riding and ten pin bowling but running our own business and club doesn’t leave much time for anything else.

I would like to see in the future, more shooting categories brought back to this country so that it is easier for competitors to pursue the sports we love, without having to go abroad to practice before big events.

To find out more about Rochford Gun Club please visit http://www.rochfordac.co.uk/

If you are interested in attending Rochford Gun clubs charity shoot in aid of two very worthy causes the details are at the bottom of the page.

If you are interested in your own custom mat please visit Karen’s webpage at http://www.customsportingmatsandhides.co.uk/

Karen also mentioned she would like to see more shooting categories brought back to the UK and within  the reach of ordinary UK citizens. Firearms UK is currently petitioning HM Government for the return of .22
pistols to section 1 to allow the internationally recognised sport of target shooting to flourish once more.

Please follow this link and support your fellow shooters by signing up today.
http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/62588

Charity shoot details

Would like to announce that on the 13 July 2014, we will be holding a charity shoot for,

HELP FOR HEROES and ESSEX AIR AMBULANCE.

The day will consist of a 40 target hft course to Rochford Air Gun Club rules, set out in a forty acre wood.

There will be prize money for the 1ST 2ND & 3RD place, adult and junior.

Rochford Air Gun Club will be donating the prize money.

There will be a Raffle on the day with excellent prizes.

A new rifle combo kindly donated by the airgun centre.

Also a new limited edition Daystate huntsman wingmaster 1.77cal.
which comes complete with a new mtc mamba scope , daystate solid rifle case and a silencer.

Rifle has been kindly donated by Fletch. RAGC Member.

There will also be raffle prizes donated by Custom Sporting Mats and Hides.

There will be more raffle prizes announced nearer the time of the shoot.

All the money taken on day will be divided between the two charities except for the food wagon, but they have kindly said they will donate a % of the days takings.

There will be a range fee……..£10.00 adult and £5.00 junior.

Raffle tickets will be sold at £10.00 per strip.

Please remember this shoot is for two very good charities, so dig deep and come and have a very enjoyable days shoot.

Booking in from 8.30am

10.00am safety brief, then comp starts straight away.

For more details please contact :- Tony + Karen.

Email:- customsporting@gmail.com

Phone:- 01268 655179

Mobile:- 07879065256

The shoot will be held at:

Potash Wood
The Lawn Estate
Hall Road
Rochford Essex
SS4 1PJ

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.

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.

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

A message of thanks

A message of thanks to everyone who supported the No to Airgun Licensing campaign

I Signed the Petition… Did You?

An important Firearms UK campaign poster

No to Airgun Licencing, England & Wales

Bellow you will find an example of a letter you can send to your MP. The aim of the letter is to register your opposition to the licencing of Airguns, both in Scotland and in England and Wales. Crucially you can also use such a letter to request your MP to support lawful airgun owners, and to not support any proposals to introduce similar legislative changes as that suggested by the Scottish government for England and Wales.

To find out who your local MP is we recommend the use of a website called “WriteToThem”. On the website you simply enter in your postcode and it’ll provide you with details of your MP and offer a “letter mailing service”.

Dear Sir or Madam

I write to register my increasing concern with you over the events that have been taking place in Scotland over the issue of airgun licencing. Despite crime involving airguns being statistically insignificant the Scottish government are transfixed on forcing unnecessary and ill thought out restrictions against strong opposition, including a petition signed by over fourteen thousand.

My concerns are that regardless of the eventual outcome for Scottish airgunners, the proposals alone by the Scottish government will incite equally unfounded calls for similar measures to be applied in England and Wales. Airgun owners, as with legal firearms owners are overwhelmingly safe, responsible and law abiding people who just wish to pursue their hobbies or sport without needless bureaucracy and expense, which inevitably has a disproportionate impact on newcomers to the sport and those on a lower income.

I would ask that you do what you can to ensure your law abiding constituents don’t have to face similar discriminatory encroachments. Existing legislation is more than adequate to cater for any incidents of airgun misuse, as such I hope you agree that such proposals are not necessary and are a waste of resources, which can be better spent on genuine threats to public safety.

Yours sincerely,

Please keep signing and sharing our petitions.

It’s been an exciting 6 months. When I first started the airgun petition I never imagined it becoming as popular as it did, this is down to a lot of hard work and support from many shooting organisations,magazines and the shooters that do bother to take action.

The shooting community has always been it’s own worst enemy when it comes to taking action to defend itself. Whilst 14,000 is a great number to achieve it is a miniscule amount of what it should be when one looks at the millions(yes millions) of people in the UK with an interest in firearms. Division is rife and many people do not bother if it does not affect their own particular section of the sport and in some cases even if it does! This apathy will destroy our rights.

The Scottish petition has been sent in with 14,193 petitions however when I attend the meeting with the Public Petitions Committee it would put us in an excellent position if the number of signatures has grown even more since then. If nothing else it will send a strong message to the Scottish Government and perhaps even the UK Government that shooters are not going to take it any more and we will fight back.

Having been featured in a recent article in the Sunday Express and with an upcoming feature in the Shooting Times our petition may get a second wind and achieve the even greater numbers we sorely need.  With such publicity and popularity it puts us in a very good position to continue educating the public on the positives of gun ownership and shooting sports.

If we want to move on to greater things and win our rights back we must continue to support each other and keep up good communications. We must end the divide between us all. The anti gunners do not care what your reasons for owning a firearm are, they do not care about facts or logic they want rid of  them all and we are helping them by failing to unite or remaining in a state of listlessness.

As we continue to move forward and the Firearms UK following grows we will need everyone to stand with us and let their voices be heard. We need everyone to do their bit in helping our campaigns. Please continue to share our petitions and pages with family and friends. I realise that I may be preaching to the converted when people are reading this but we must continue to gather our friends on board and get those people on the fence or sitting with their heads down standing tall and on our side.

We are law abiding citizens and it is time to say we will not accept punishment or criminalization for the minority of people who do abuse airguns and firearms.

Sometimes you’ve got to fight for your rights.