firearmsbackgroundbigBASC’s specialist firearms teams dealt with almost 750 calls for assistance from members during April.

BASC boasts the UK’s only full-time firearms team, with its six staff providing expert help and advice to a membership of more than 144,500 on all aspects of firearms ownership.

Gary Ashton, BASC’s director of firearms operations, said: “Our unique firearms team provides a frontline service for BASC members. Their knowledge and experience is unrivalled. This is a service not replicated by other shooting or country organisations and is a unique benefit of membership.

“The overwhelming majority of calls for assistance relate to members’ interactions with their local police force. Most frequently, these relate to delays in dealing with grants or renewals of certificates, the imposition of disproportionate conditions or restrictions and revocation or refusal of certificates.”

The team deals with all aspects of firearms – technical, legal, practical or forensic – and offers confidential advice based on settled law or sustainable legal opinion. The team can also assist with accessing services available through BASC’s legal expenses insurance.

The firearms team can be reached on 01244 573010. For more details of its services, click here.

Garry Doolan

Garry Doolan is BASC’s deputy director of communications and public affairs. He has more than 20 years experience of journalism and the media. He joined the organisation in 2016 and is a keen shooter and beater, with his springer spaniel Quincy.

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