1. Admittance into membership
1.1. An application for membership shall be taken as irrefutable proof of assent to be bound by the Rules and Regulations for the time being of the Association as interpreted by the Council whose directions therein shall be final and binding on members of the Association.
1.2. Council may at its absolute discretion and without giving reasons decline to admit any person to membership whether or not such a person has paid a subscription or membership fee.
1.3. Possession of an apparently valid membership card is not proof of membership and the lack of a membership card does not indicate that no valid membership exists.
2. Membership Term
2.1. Save for new members and Life Members, the Association’s memberships run for periods of twelve months.
2.2. Memberships run to a calendar month end; individual members’ first term of membership will run to the anniversary of the end of the month in which they are admitted into membership.
2.3. A member whose subscription is in arrears for three months shall automatically cease to be a member.
2.4. Hereinafter the term “period of grace” shall be used to refer to the three month period immediately following the date on which a membership term expires.
3. Membership renewals
3.1. The membership of those who pay their renewal subscription within the period of grace is renewed with effect from the date on which the preceding membership term expired; membership runs continuously and the right to enjoy benefits, in particular insurance cover, is maintained.
3.2. Those who pay a subscription having previously resigned or been lapsed from membership, for whatever reason, will be re-enrolled as though they are new members; their membership and insurance cover will not be continuous.
4. Termination of membership
4.1. Members who resign are removed from membership with effect from the date on which their resignation is received by the Association and all benefits and rights cease at that time. Save to the extent required by law or by the regulation of general insurance business members who resign have no entitlement to receive any subscription refund.
4.2. Members who advise the Association that they will not be renewing will removed from membership with effect from the date on which their paid-up membership term expires, at which time all benefits and rights will cease. No benefits will apply during the period that would have been deemed the period of grace.
4.3. Members who neither renew nor advise the Association of their intention in this regard are automatically lapsed at the end of the three-month period of grace. The membership of those who are lapsed is deemed to have ceased at the end of the period for which their last subscription was paid.
4.4. Until such time as their membership is lapsed those in the period of grace are members in relation to all benefits, rights and obligations of membership.
5. Subscriptions and fees
5.1. The rate of subscription and membership fees payable by different categories of members are prescribed by the Council. Any new rates apply to membership applications and renewals falling due from 1 March or such other date as Council may from time to time determine.
5.2. The rate of subscription and membership fees initially payable by different categories of members are those that apply on the date on which their application for membership is received.
5.3. The rate of subscription payable by members renewing is that which applies on the date on which their renewal falls due not the date on which renewal is affected.
5.4. Members renewing during the period of grace who have cause to change their membership category are re-categorised with effect from the date on which the renewal subscription fell due.
5.5. Age-related category changes are implemented at the renewal that follows the member achieving the relevant age.
6. Insurance cover
6.1. Those who are in membership are indemnified in relation to specified liability and personal accident risks and in respect of any other insurance indemnities that the Association may from time to time provide as a general benefit of membership.
6.2. The membership of those who are lapsed for non-payment ceases at the end of the period for which their last subscription was paid. Accordingly all insurance covers during the period of grace are invalidated and no claim arising in that period will be honoured if the membership is lapsed by the Association before it has been provided with written notice of any such claim or, in the absence of a claim, details of any incident that might be expected to lead to a claim.
6.3. Their membership being continuous, BASC will fully indemnify those who re-join within the period of grace even though a claim might arise before the renewal process has been completed.
6.4. Entering into a phased payment arrangement, making a payment that is not subsequently honoured, voting in a ballot or attending an Annual General Meeting or a Special General Meeting of the Association during the period of grace are each taken to indicate a member’s intention to renew his or her membership. Insurance claims will be honoured if the member has paid or has indicated his or her intention to pay his or her subscription however, both in the period of grace and where instalment payments are being made, the balance of the due subscription (including any administration charges) becomes payable immediately and in full when an insurance claim arises; the processing of insurance claims is contingent on this payment being made to the Association.
7.1. In accordance with Constitution and Objects Clause 3(b) the entitlement to insurance cover distinguishes ‘members’ from ‘supporters’; the rights to hold a share and to vote are also specifically denied supporters.
7.2. Supporters will be sent Shooting & Conservation but will enjoy no other benefits. In the manner of members, supporters will be allowed a three-month period in which to renew before they are lapsed and cease to be sent the magazine.
8. Instalment payments
8.1. With effect from 1 March 2011, those holding membership in an individual, joint or family membership category can apply to enter into an arrangement to pay their subscription in instalments by bank direct debit.
8.2. The Association reserves the right to refuse any application or re-application to pay subscriptions by instalments and shall be under no obligation to provide the applicant with any explanation of its decision.
8.3. Under instalment payment arrangements subscriptions may be increased by the addition of administration charges reflecting the additional cost of allowing members to spread the cost of their membership.
8.4. Entry into an instalment payment arrangement constitutes an agreement to pay the whole of the due subscription including all applicable administration charges. If a member who has entered into a phased payment arrangement fails to make the due payments on the specified dates and in the specified amounts and does not remedy this failure within three months of the payments falling due then his or her membership will be deemed terminated with effect from the date on which the first unpaid instalment fell due.
8.5. Insurance covers will be invalidated in the event that a membership is terminated for the non-payment of subscriptions or administration charges due to the Association.
8.6. In cases of doubt the same principles will be applied to those who make phased payments as would apply to those making annual payments.
9. Joint and family memberships
9.1. Communications relating to subscription liabilities in respect of those in joint and family membership categories will be addressed to one member on whose record all financial transactions will appear.
9.2. Notwithstanding the administrative arrangements all adults in joint and family membership categories are deemed jointly and severally liable for the payment of the whole of the due subscription (including any administration charges) and may be looked to for any settlement required in the event that an insurance claim arises or that instalments under a phased payment arrangement are not paid.
9.3. In the event that the subscription or a subscription instalment under a phased payment arrangement for those in a joint or family membership category is unpaid for a period of three months then the membership of all individuals, both adults and minors, associated with the unpaid subscription will be lapsed in accordance with the rules that apply to single, individual members.
10. Affiliated clubs and syndicates
10.1. The term “club” is hereinafter be used to refer to both clubs and syndicates.
10.2. Affiliated clubs do not act as the Association’s agent for the sale of memberships.
10.3. Those who are introduced into membership of the Association through an affiliated club will not be admitted into membership until the Association has been properly notified and paid in full.
10.4. On joining an affiliated club new club members who are not otherwise insured by the Association will be insured under the Association’s “guest gun” arrangements. Guest gun cover is restricted to activities undertaken under the auspices of the club and for the purposes of admitting new members to the club limited to a period of one month from the date on which the individual joins the club during which time the club must deal with its administration, notify the Association and remit to it the new member’s subscription.
10.5. Affiliated clubs act as the Association’s agent for the collection of subscription debts.
10.6. Affiliated clubs do not enjoy the right to spread the payment of the subscriptions due to the Association in respect of their members.
10.7. The Association will look to affiliated clubs for the recovery of the monies they have collected on its behalf. If an affiliated club fails to remit such monies to the Association it will initially seek to secure settlement of the matter by negotiation taking into account all the surrounding circumstances.
10.8. The rights of individual members of an affiliated club will be unaffected if the club fails to remit to the Association subscription monies collected on its behalf; such individuals will be deemed to be members of the Association entitled to insurance and all other benefits of membership until the end of the period for which it can be demonstrated that they have paid for a subscription. Such people will not enjoy any insurance cover or other benefits in the three month period following the date up to which they had paid the defaulting club for membership of the Association.
10.9. In the event that a club or syndicate that is not formally affiliated to the Association fails to remit to the Association subscription monies it has collected from it members, such people will not be deemed to be members of the Association.