Thursday, 20 April 2017

30,000 self service gun shops open in London

So! who polices the police? The Metropolitan police, in what can only be described as inept cronyism, have released the details of around 30,000 firearms owners. Now, as a firearms owner, should you let your spouse or another family member, or, for that matter anyone know where you keep your keys, you will be in hot water. somehow though, the Met. feel that it is perfectly OK to release the details of 30,000 owners to a private company, with one assumes, very little regard or care, as to who they supply those details to.

If you live in the area controlled by the Met., I strongly recommend that you contact the British Association for Shooting and Conservation, to air your concerns. At present, the Met. are conducting an internal investigation, and BASC are awaiting the outcome of this before making any further comments. However, the security implications of this are considerable.
For more information click the link here to The Register who have run this story.

I have always had a great liking of the Met., they, unlike other police forces, tended not to treat owners of firearms like criminals. Their FEO's where, as a rule, well informed, and helpful. With this in mind, you cannot help feel that this slip, well meant though it may have been, will cast a long shadow. With EU rules making all member states share their information on owners with all other states, just how secure will this information be? if those holding that information are prepared to supply it to a business or group for whatever reason.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Thought for the day.

The terrible actions, undertaken by an individual during Wednesday, are abhorrent, and rightly condemned by people in this country, Europe, and the rest of the world. All the leaders of all these countries have joined to voice their support for the British people. At home the domestic political parties have also shown a unified voice in support of the police, the emergency services, and the people of London. Amongst the calls for vigilance, calm and to carry on as much as normal; there is also the cry, if not a pleading, not to judge members in society for the race, colour, creed, or religious beliefs.

These calls from the hierarchy of the political system and law enforcement are to be condoned. Their call, not to judge a group because of the actions of one, or on occasion, a group of individuals, as representative of the group as a whole, should be applauded. And yet, there is a great degree of hypocrisy in this statement, for should these sentiments not be afforded to everyone, regardless of race, colour, etc.

Around the world, there have been a number of individuals who have committed criminal acts using firearms, and yet, the actions of these individuals are reported and treated as the actions of a whole group, honest law abiding gun owners. Every time some criminal uses a firearm, these same politicians and law enforcement call for more laws, the removal of rights and the imposition of stronger regulations. Can you imagine what would happen if the same criteria were applied after every one of these attacks, carried out in the name of a religious ideology.

Tolerance is something that those in power preach to the masses, and yet the most tolerant are more often than not, treated with contempt, whilst those who are intolerant of much of the worlds societies, are given free rein to undermine those societies. Tolerance it seems is only acceptable when it suits their purpose or is politically expedient.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Farmer found not guilty!

Don't be surprised if you knew nothing about this, the British police and media like to keep these incidents under wraps. Of course, in these enlightened days of multi format communications, it is becoming harder to do so.

As usual the police on the ground did their best, but the hierarchy let its political leanings show. Over 15 hours to attend, then multiple officers, armed response officers, and a helicopter; all out looking for who knows what, 15 hours later; apparently it was hostages.

The injured criminal, who allegedly has a string of convictions for burglary, assault, and weapons charges, was questioned but not even arrested, let alone prosecuted. Whilst the wronged farmer was arrested and prosecuted, but was thankfully found not guilty in 24 minutes by a jury. Now all the farmer has to do is pay the in excess of £30,000.00 court fees, and try to get his shotgun back.

The story carried by the Yorkshire post, link HERE There is also a crowd funding page, in an effort to help with the costs incurred, link HERE should you feel so inclined to help.

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Time IS running out!

This has just arrived from our contact at a local rifle club, and this is something that we have been addressing at every possible opportunity. Without shooters of all disciplines taking an active roll in the consultation, many, many smaller clubs will go to the wall, either through reduced membership, you can't have club with less than 10 full members, or, their inability to raise enough revenue.

So please click HERE for the latest news, contact information, and a short video from Firearms UK explaining the problems that smaller clubs will encounter.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

UPDATED: Further issues with new medical system for firearms licensing

The following has been received from our good friends at the Counrtyside Alliance. If you are in the process of applying or renewing your certificate/s, it may help to read it!
A lot has changed since our last blog on the new medical system for firearms licensing, posted back in June. As such we want to update our members, especially those in the process of being granted or renewing a firearm or shotgun licence.
Since July the British Medical Association (BMA) has updated their guidelines on firearms licensing, stating that all medical forms sent to GPs by the police regarding the health of a firearm certificate applicant should be returned unanswered. The resulting situation is similar to that which existed pre-April, with no initial check of medical records and no continuous monitoring, both of which the BMA agreed to as part of the Medical Evidence Working Group (MEWG).
The Countryside Alliance believes this new medical system will improve firearms licensing and safety, potentially providing further justification for a future move to 10 year licences. Unfortunately the BMA’s u-turn has effectively signalled to GPs that they do not have to act in the best interests of the licence applicant, and rather than simply return the police letters unanswered many GPs are in fact attempting to charge their patients for completing initial check. This is happening despite the fact that all participants in the MEWG agreed this initial check should be done free of charge.
A further source of concern is the wording of the new BMA guidelines. Not only are they refusing to participate in the new (and previously agreed) system, they are telling their members to refuse the system by claiming a ‘conscientious objection to gun ownership’, a truly outrageous position with no basis in the BMA’s own employment ethics. The Countryside Alliance have written to the BMA twice requesting clarification and have yet to receive a response. We will be pursuing this further.
The current situation is not working, causing confusion among applicants for firearm and shotgun licences and leaving the BMA isolated from the other members of the MEWG. We will continue to push for a working system that benefits the shooting community and the general public.