Airgun licensing in Scotland

The Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Bill was introduced on 15 May, grouping a proposed airgun licensing scheme for Scotland with alcohol licensing, scrap metal dealers and sexual entertainment venues. Use this briefing to find out more.

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BASC response to English general licences consultation

Please email Natural England with your views on proposals to radically change the English general licences – which give the authority for activities such as pigeon shooting. The consultation closes on the 19th May.

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Target pistol shooting petition – please sign and share

Please sign and share a petition calling on the government to amend the Firearms Acts to allow the ownership and use of .22 calibre rimfire pistols for competitive sporting purposes in England, Wales and Scotland. Even if you have no personal interest in ".22 pistol shooting", by signing the petition you can show your support for shooting in general and contribute to an act of solidarity which will set the scene for future challenges.

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HS2 – advice for potentially affected shoots

BASC advises all shoots that have a documented interest in land which could be compulsory acquired along the route of the high speed rail network (HS2) to instruct an expert land agent to represent them in compulsory purchase and compensation matters. If you follow the correct process the expert’s fees will be paid for you and your financial losses will be recovered. This briefing explains how to do this.

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Shooting magazines in shops – report misunderstandings to BASC

Moto has removed age restrictions on the purchase of shooting magazines in its WHSmith stores at motorway service stations nationwide. BASC approached Moto after an over-14s till prompt on self-service tills was discovered and reported to us by a concerned member. BASC has received reports of age restrictions on the purchase of Shooting Times at self-service tills in two Asda stores. Asda has informed BASC that there should not be till prompts on shooting magazines in its stores, that it will contact the two stores, and that it will send a briefing note to all its stores nationwide on this matter. Till prompts on self -service tills are managed directly by each Asda store rather than centrally by its head office. If you discover age restrictions on shooting magazines in your local Asda store please contact BASC. These examples highlight the need for people to remain vigilant. If you encounter any problem buying a shooting magazine in any newsagent, supermarket or shop please let BASC know immediately.

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BASC advises NI government on marine conservation zones

BASC has responded to a consultation on how marine conservation zones (MCZ) will be created and managed in Northern Ireland over the next two years. The consultation was issued by the Department of Environment and ended on 31st January 2014.

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