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Meet the Team – Firearms

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Bill Harriman Director of Firearms

Bill Harriman is a nationally recognised expert in firearms, ballistics and related matters. Before joining BASC in 1991, he worked for 10 years for a firm of auctioneers specialising in arms, armour and militaria.

He is regularly seen on television as part of the team of experts on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow programme.

A former Territorial Army Officer with 18 years service, he is also a forensic scientist dealing with cases involving firearms, ammunition and other weapons. In 1999, he was elected to membership of the prestigious Academy of Experts and has been a member of the Forensic Science Society since 2003.


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Paul Dale Firearms Team Manager

Paul Dale joined BASC in January 2013. Paul is a former firearms licensing manager and explosives liaison officer for Staffordshire and West Midlands Police he brings a wealth of firearms licensing experience to BASC.

Paul was also west midlands regional representative on ACPO’s Firearms & Explosives Licensing Working Group (FELWG) and a member of the national firearms practitioners group also comprising of the Home Office and British Shooting Sports Council members.


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Alan Booth Firearms Officer

Alan’s service with Merseyside Police’s Criminal Justice Unit makes him the team’s expert on police procedures – especially the Police and Criminal Evidence Act. He has introduced many young people to shooting sports through his work with the Air Cadets.


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Peter McIntosh Firearms officer

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Rory O’Loughlin Firearms Officer

Rory initially joined BASC in September 2016 as a temporary policy assistant and moved to the firearms department in June 2017. He has previous experience working as a research assistant after graduating from the University of Kent in 2014 with an MSc in Forensic Psychology.

He shoots regularly in variety of target disciplines and has a particular interest in historic firearms

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Matt Perring Senior Firearms Officer

Before joining BASC in 2003, Matt worked as a gunsmith. He is a keen deer stalker and wildfowler as well as having a strong interest in antique and vintage guns.

His time at the bench allows him to bring practical expertise to solving members’ technical problems. Matt is an expert in firearms and trade related law specialising in explosives and ballistics.


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Simon Vann Firearms Officer

Simon Vann joined BASC in 2015 from Lancashire Constabulary where he worked as a Firearms Enquiry Officer since 2004. He also served with the Ministry of Defence Police as a dog handler and as an Authorised Firearms Officer for ten years. Simon has had an interest in firearms and shooting since eleven years old starting with his father’s air rifle. He has held firearms certificates and currently holds a shotgun certificate. A long standing interest in historical firearms, history and development of guns led him to present a seminar in conjunction with the Royal Armouries, Leeds on the history of arming the British Police. Simon was also employed by Gwent Police for two years as a Firearms Enquiry Officer.

During his time with Lancashire Police he has completed several courses including the National Firearms Enquiry Officers Course, the Explosive Licensing Officers Course (West Yorkshire Police) and a Firearms Expert Witness Course (Helston guns). In his last two Years he assisted with NABIS submissions and worked on the 2014 Firearms surrender.

Simon now lives in North Wales and with his wife, both have a long standing interest in dogs. Both have worked as volunteers in the past with Battersea dogs home and breed rescue societies.

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