BASC’s political affairs team work to promote the interests of shooting at Westminster, in the devolved parliaments and in Brussels.
Shooters need a strong voice at the heart of Government and BASC provides this by championing shooting sports in Whitehall, political parties and Europe.
At Westminster, we regularly brief MPs encouraging them to participate in the sport, and provide the secretariat for the All Party Parliamentary Group on Shooting and Conservation. The key messages we deliver are:
In this section, you can find out about our work in Westminster, what the major political parties have to say about shooting, and how to lobby members of parliament.
For more information on our political programme, please call 01244 573 031 (during office hours).
The best way to get your message across to a politician is to meet them face-to-face. Every MP holds a regular ‘surgery’ in their constituency, often on a weekly basis – check your local paper for details, phone your local council or your MP in the House of Commons on 020 7219 3000.
If you don’t know your MP’s name call the public information office on 020 7219 4272 and they will identify him for you from your address, or click here.
You will be visiting your MP to tell them about shooters’ concerns for the future of the sport, and that you are interested to know where your MP stands on the matter.
If you write to your MP or meet them, make a point of copying the correspondence or sending the details to BASC, Marford Mill, Rossett, Wrexham LL12 0HL, telephone 01244 573031, or email.
This information will help the Association in its day-to-day contact with parliamentarians.
The Shooters Charter was published in 2001 to inform MPs of what shooters wanted from the government.
The UK’s gun laws are amongst the strictest in the world. Shooting is also one of the safest sports in the UK. Further unwarranted restrictions on the lawful possession of shotguns and other firearms made without any demonstrable benefit to public safety must be opposed. The present licensing system will ensure that only fit and proper people own guns – provided it is properly administered. To achieve better administration recognised working groups should be created which bring together all interests, including government, police and shooting organisations.
Future Olympic medal winners need to be trained at an early age. BASC’s training programs for those who wish to take up shooting sports also teach safety and respect for the conservation of the countryside and wildlife. Any legislative restrictions on young people entering the sport, without any demonstrable benefit to public safety must be opposed.
We urge the government to implement effective strategies to tackle the use of guns by criminals. More must be done to eradicate illegally held weapons. Poaching must be recognised as a serious offence, causing economic and environmental damage. The law should be reformed so that gamekeepers and police are properly equipped to tackle this rural crime.
Shooting interests manage an area the size of Scotland. Half of Britain’s gamekeepers care for land that is legally protected for its wildlife or beauty. BASC’s Green Shoots Biodiversity Action Plan harnesses this effort and provides a strategy for conservation on shooting land. We urge candidates to promote Green Shoots as a practical tool to achieve national and local biodiversity targets.
Read Conor O’Gorman’s blog on the government’s new Animals Abroad inquiry and why this is an important opportunity for MPs to hear the evidence on overseas hunting and the import of trophies.