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.
The Bracken Control Group has secured an exemption from EU regulations to allow asulam to be sold and used in the UK in 2014.
BASC has submitted evidence to the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee inquiry on plastic bag charges.
BASC will help put shooting and conservation on the agenda in discussions on how the subsidies for the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) will be spent across the UK. The implementation of CAP could provide direct financial support for shooting as an activity as well as indirectly through financing the creation of habitats.
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.
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.
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.