BASC has corrected references which described shooting as a high threat to UK forests in a major report to the European Commission. The intention was to describe deer grazing, browsing and trampling as a significant problem, not shooting. BASC’s amendments were adopted and the UK report has been revised, submitted and published.
Northern Ireland Justice Minister David Ford is considering lowering the age at which young people can have supervised access to shotguns and airguns to 12 years. The change has NOT happened yet, as it will have to be agreed by the Justice Committee prior to implementation however BASC and others organisations believe that 10 years of age would be more appropriate as this is the age of criminal responsibility in NI.
The Home Affairs Directorate General of the European Commission has put forward proposals to completely rewrite the EU Firearms Directive by 2015. FACE, the European Hunters’ representative organisation is opposing the proposals with the assistance of BASC and other FACE UK members.
Communications provider TalkTalk has agreed to review and remove restrictions on shooting-related websites following discussions with the UK’s largest shooting organisation, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC).
In August BASC wrote to police forces seeking formal assurances that they did not allow the RSPCA to have access to firearms licensing information. Assurances have been given by Bedfordshire Police, Hertfordshire Constabulary, Lincolnshire Police, South Wales Police, Police Scotland and Police Service of Northern Ireland.
A decision by the Home Office to postpone an increase in firearms certificate fees to allow further work on costs and the role of medical advice in the licensing process has been welcomed by the UK’s largest shooting organisation, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC).
Police forces in the UK are being asked for formal assurances that they do not share confidential firearms licensing information with private or charitable organisations.