The UK’s largest shooting organisation, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), has pulled off a political hat trick by giving evidence at Westminster and Stormont and to the Scottish Parliament within the last two weeks.
This is the first time in the association’s history that evidence has been given to the three parliaments in such a short period of time.
BASC’s director of firearms, Bill Harriman, gave evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee at Westminster about the state of the UK’s gun laws last week.
Tommy Mayne, from BASC Northern Ireland, gave evidence at Stormont on the Dog (Amendment) Bill and the Welfare of Animals Bill, both of which could have consequences for working dogs and their owners today.
Colin Shedden, BASC’s Scotland director, gave evidence to the Scottish Parliament on the Wildlife and Natural Environment Bill two weeks ago.
Colin Shedden said: “In all my years working for BASC, I have never been aware of us giving such high profile evidence to three separate Parliamentary committees in such a short space of time. We have given evidence to Westminster, the Scottish Parliament and the Northern Ireland Assembly on a wide range of issues affecting the shooting community.”