The Sportsmans Association of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
The Sportsmans Association exists to fight for fair firearms legislation in the UK.
The AGM is now postponed until restrictions on gatherings due to Covid 19 are lifted. If possible, we will try for 29th May 2021 if the Phoenix Meeting goes ahead.
SHOOTING AS OF JAN 4TH
Sports and physical activity – Indoor gyms and sports facilities will remain closed. Outdoor sports courts, outdoor gyms, golf courses, outdoor swimming pools, archery/driving/shooting ranges and riding arenas must also close. Organised outdoor sport for disabled people is allowed to continue.
I can find no government guidance on essential land management at this point in time, so only the most urgent and necessary activity, only with someone else from your household or bubble, or when on your own with one other person, observing social distancing etc at all times. Please have your shooting permissions, and request to carry out essential work, with you so you can present them if challenged by the authorities.
Please continue to monitor the following websites for your particular interests:
FIREARMS SAFETY CONSULTATION
The Consultation on Firearms Safety has been published, please access it and respond to by 16/2/2021, using the following link: https://www,gov.uk/government/consultations/firearms-safety
It covers Security of High Muzzle Energy Rifles, Air Weapons, Miniature Rifle Ranges and Home Loading. It is very important to make use of the opportunity to have your say.
EUROPEAN FIREARMS REQUIREMENTS FROM 1/1/2021 – PUBLISHED 16/12/2020
GB Residents, who want to travel to the EU with their firearms or shotguns can no longer apply for a European Firearms Pass (EFP). You can also no longer use an existing EFP to travel to the EU with your firearm or shotgun.
Instead, you should check the firearms licensing requirements of the EU country you are travelling to or through, ahead of travelling. You need to apply for consent in line with these requirements and applicable import/export controls. These requirements will also apply if you will be in an EU country with your firearm, covered by an EFP.
Visitors Permits – You should continue to apply to your local UK police force for a visitor’s permit if you are sponsoring an EU visitor who is bringing a firearm to the UK. Permits issued before the UK leaves the EU will remain valid until they expire.
It will no longer be a legal requirement for EU visitors to GB to produce a valid EFP in support of their application, but it will remain open for them to do so as one form of evidence of their suitability to bring a firearm into GB.
Northern Ireland – The situation is different in Northern Ireland where, in line with the Northern Ireland Protocol, NI certificate holders will still be able to obtain and use EFPs.
The BSSC will continue to press for recognition of EU citizens EFP’s with regard to visitors permits, and for our Government and the EU Commission to adopt a Switzerland-style bilateral arrangement on the EFP.
FACE SURVEY RE FIREARMS WHICH WOULD BE AFFECTED BY A PROHIBITION OF LEAD AMMUNITION
FACE, THE European Federation for Hunting and Conservation are conducting a survey across Europe & UK to establish how many firearms are used for hunting and target shooting, and how many of these will be suitable/unsuitable for non-lead ammunition. It is important that as many people as possible respond to this survey which is open until the end of January. The following link: www.face.eu/survey will take you to the FACE website where you need to click on the green box ENGLISH to reach the survey.
OFFENSIVE WEAPONS ACT SURRENDER AND COMPENSATION SCHEME
The scheme is open from 10/12/2020 to 9/2/2021. Guidance and compensation forms can be downloaded from the following link, there is also a list of the police stations at which you can hand in your beloved rifles.
LEAD SHOT OVER WETLANDS
The EU Regulations for Lead Shot over Wetlands was approved by the REACH committee on 3/9/20 and went to the European Parliament and Council for scrutiny, deadline 5th Dec. A motion calling for the errors in the proposed regulations to be fixed within the REACH committee was tabled, this motion failed. Changes that have been agreed, if I have understood the flurry of emails correctly are:
1) Buffer zone down from 400m to 100m.
2) “Possession” of lead shot to “carrying” lead shot.
3) Guidance on the definition of wetlands to be decided by individual member states, in line with proportionality in the context of AEWA (waterbird conservation) not RAMSAR.
The regulations were not published in the European Journal before 11/12/20 so are not automatically applicable to the UK as the transition period will be over before they are made law in the EU. The text of the regulation is here with translations in the different languages: https://ec.europa.eu/transparency/comitology-register/screen/documents/064660/6/consult
However, if our government does commit to adopt these regulations, we must convince them not to, unless we are sure that all the concerns based on the legal uncertainty of the definitions of wetlands, and the presumption of innocence which is a fundamental right in law have been properly addressed. We have had legislation in place since 1999 banning the use of lead shot over wetlands to protect wildlife. This has been successful on coastal wetlands but needs greater compliance inland.
The following link may prove helpful in forming arguments for you letter to your MP. https://www.theparliamentmagazine.eu/news/article/the-lead-shot-over-wetlands-proposal-is-unworkable
Jonathan Djanogly MP, Chairman of the BSSC, has written to Nigel Huddleston MP, Minister for Sport arguing the case for Clay Target Shooting
grounds and Team GB Olympians, future and current, where only lead shot is permitted under international rules. He has also written to
George Eustice the Secretary of State for the Environment asking his department not to adopt these regulations
The proposals on the restriction of all lead in ammunition (gunshots and bullets) and fishing tackle, being prepared by the European Chemical Agency have been postponed until 15/1/2021, as Covid-19 restrictions have not enabled many of the interested parties to respond to information requests. Black Powder and Muzzle Loading in general may be one area where the ECHA accept that there no reasonable alternatives to lead, but they are not accepting any exceptions for target shooting.
These proposals once ready will go to public consultation and to the Risk Assessment and Socio-Economic Assessment Committees which are expected to have submitted a combined opinion to the Commission by January 2022. Legislation could be passed later in the year. There are many obstacles both practical and technical to be overcome and FACE have an uphill task in stopping this legislation.
As all this will happen post the Brexit transition period, we may escape this for a while longer, but do not rest on your laurels as there will be a lot of pressure from the anti-shooting lobbyists to follow suit.
ANTIQUE FIREARMS REGULATIONS 2021
New regulations which define in law which firearms can be held, unlicensed, as antiques were approved by the House of Commons 14/12/2020 and by the House of Lords 6/1/2021. The National Lockdown will delay the implementation of these regulations, we will update you just as soon as we know ourselves.
Concerns about the use of antiques in crime led to the Law Commission looking at the relevant legislation and recommending that there should be a statutory definition of “antique firearm” to provide legal clarity. A provision was made in the Policing and Crime Act 2017 for a definition to be set in regulations. The public consultation supported a statutory definition close to the existing Home Office guidance.
The regulations will define “antique” by reference to the date it was manufactured, it’s propulsion system and a list of obsolete cartridges.
Only firearms manufactured prior to 1/9/1939 qualify as antiques. 23 additional types of cartridge have been added to the existing obsolete cartridges list. Firearms chambered for those cartridges can potentially be held as antique firearms.
7 types of cartridge which are regularly used in crime have been removed from the obsolete cartridges list, and consequently the definition of “antique firearm” no longer applies to firearms chambered for them, these firearms will have to be put on an FAC
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The Sportsmans Association exists to fight for fair firearms legislation in the UK.