BASC Northern Ireland
Areas Covered: County Antrim, County Armagh, County Down, County Fermanagh, County Londonderry, County Tyrone.
BASC Northern Ireland Centre, 33 Castle Street, Lisburn, Co Antrim, BT27 4SP
Telephone: 028 9260 5050 email
The BASC Northern Ireland team are fully committed to delivering a premium service to BASC members which is why we have a “members first” approach. We are widely recognised not only for our success in resolving member’s firearms licensing issues but also our wider work on NI firearms and wildlife legislation.
We continue to lead the way in the Northern Ireland Assembly, as evidenced by our work with the All Party Group on Country Sports which was established by BASC and our elected representatives in January 2013. Our work throughout NI is supported by BASC head office colleagues which is why BASC is the organisation that is best placed to promote and protect all aspects of shooting sports in Northern Ireland.
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DAERA Fox Survey – Can you help?
We have been contacted by DAERA who, thanks in part to the sustained efforts of BASC members in Northern Ireland, are nearing their 2016/2017 quota for carcasses to sample for the tapeworm Echinococcus Multilocularis. There are two geographical areas however, where they are below their required quota. In an effort to alleviate this, we are appealing for anyone in the greater Belfast area who discovers a fox which has died on the roads to get in touch with DAERA in order that samples may be taken.
There is also a shortfall in the outer Belfast area. Those areas in question are Carrickfergus, Newtownabbey, Castlereagh, Lisburn and North Down. Anyone who can supply a fox carcass from these areas is urged to contact DAERA on 028 90 765333 or 07767 271431, or email RTABadger@daera-ni.gov.uk. DAERA can only test foxes 24-48 hours from being killed.
Your help in this matter is very much appreciated.
To find out more about the DAERA Fox survey visit https://www.daera-ni.gov.uk/articles/echinococcus-multilocularis
Update – Engagement with PSNI on firearms issues
Back in December, Tommy Mayne BASC NI director, David Robinson chair of the Gun Trade Guild NI and Patsy McGlone (MLA) chair of the All Party Group on Country Sports, met with PSNI ACC Alan Todd and Nichola Murphy, the Head of Firearms and Explosives Branch (FEB).
Having listened carefully to the views of our members, we used the opportunity to highlight our joint concerns regarding PSNI plans to introduce an entirely online licensing system and remove the option to submit a paper application, six months after the online system goes live. BASC and the GTG NI feel strongly that the option to submit a paper application should remain but unfortunately, we were unable to reach agreement with the ACC. We will however continue to explore all options open to us, including taking legal action, although BASC would much prefer to work with the PSNI to find a solution to the current impasse.
Agenda items also included the potential introduction of the Any Lawful Quarry condition which is being used by many of the firearms licensing authorities in GB. The majority of those authorities no longer condition firearms for specific quarry species. In Northern Ireland, the shooting of game birds, ducks, geese, waders, deer and pest birds, is already heavily regulated therefore BASC and the GTG NI believe that there is no need to apply specific “quarry conditions” to a firearm certificate.
During the meeting, firearms dealer “Categories” and a potential increase in the number of firearms that dealers may hold were also discussed. An increase in holdings would give dealers the option of bringing in new firearms to replace those which have been sold, but which remain in their strong room while the application is being processed by FEB.
BASC and the GTG NI also asked for a review of the current one-off-one-on system, in the hope that it could facilitate exchanges of firearms irrespective of type of action, e.g. this would mean that a .22 semi-auto pistol could be exchanged for a .22 revolver.
ACC Todd has since written to us to say that PSNI FEB can see no major issue with the “any lawful quarry” condition being added to FACs, although PSNI would need to consider other perspectives before confirming policy. Similarly, the ACC has confirmed that FEB has no major issues with exchanges of firearms based solely on calibre although he believes that a minor legislative change might be required. Such a move would increase the dealer’s ability to trade freely.
The ACC has also advised us that FEB and the Department of Justice (DoJ) have already commenced work on the dealer Categories. The PSNI and the DoJ will be engaging with BASC trade member firearms dealers in an attempt to ascertain their business needs.
We thank Mr McGlone for his continued support and we commend the PSNI for their pragmatic approach to most of the issues raised. We look forward to making further progress in the very near future.
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2016 has been a challenging year for your association but despite this there were significant achievements and we look forward to building on these in 2017. I would like to thank you for your continued support and making this possible.
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Do you know a vet who will dock the tails of working dog litters?
BASC Northern Ireland is compiling a list of veterinary surgeons who will dock working dogs.
If you know of vets who will undertake the procedure with working gundog breed puppies, please contact us by email or 028 9260 5050.
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