More than 100 Gamekeepers will gather for one of the best and most prestigious events for gamekeepers in Scotland on 18 March. Hosted by Scone palace the event provides an annual update on changes in the law, a forum for debate on important gamekeeping issues in Scotland and a clay shooting competition.
Following the independence referendum BASC Scotland has pledged to work with the Scottish Government to ensure shooting continues to be supported and encouraged. Shooting makes a positive and important contribution to Scotland and benefits the economy, tourism, conservation and the social landscape.
BASC has published a paper entitled “BASC Assessment of Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Bill”.
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.
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.
New research in Scotland showing that docking the tails of working gundogs can prevent suffering from tail injuries has been welcomed by the UK’s largest shooting organisation, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC).
BASC update on Wigtown Bay LNR and the Crook of Baldoon.
The Scottish Government is consulting on the introduction of compulsory microchipping of all dogs in Scotland. The consultation also seeks views on the re-introduction of a dog licensing system and the muzzling of all dogs when in public places. Lastly, suggestions are invited on legislative or other measures that might reduce dog fouling.
Scottish Natural Heritage has made last minute changes to the Scottish general licenses that will take effect from 1st January 2014. BASC is challenging the process and one of the decisions.