The Sportsmans Association of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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The Sportsmans Association exists to fight for fair firearms legislation in the UK.


AGM

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.


IN AND OUT OF LOCKDOWN

What we are able to do is changing on a daily basis, and can change depending on local circumstances if there is a sudden peak in localised covid-19 cases. Please monitor the Lrelevant websites, for your particular interests to find out the latest. More and more ranges have been able to open, and more land management and conservation has been possible. Grants and variations are still not taking priority, except for occupational purposes, but on the whole renewals have continued throughout lockdown.

The Governments introduction of the new three-tier system of Coronavirus restrictions (medium, high and very high) introduced from 14th October, does not currently affect ‘outdoor sports’ and it is acceptable to travel into, within and out of these areas as long as COVID-19 secure guidance is followed at all times.


Current lockdown 5
th November – 2nd December – All indoor and outdoor ranges closed. Essential land management still possible.

See https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november#businesses-and-venues for the latest regulations and continue to check the websites for your particular shooting interests.

Please check the websites for updates.

NRA https://nra.org.uk/news/

NSRA https://www.nsra.co.uk/index.php/119-frontpage/2795-the-nsra-and-lord-roberts-centre

BASC https://basc.org.uk/coronavirus/firearms/

CPSA https://www.cpsa.co.uk/news/coronavirus-covid-19

GTA https://gtaltd.co.uk/news/shooting-grounds-and-ranges-opening-in-england/78

MLAGB https://www.mlagb.com/news/

UKPSA https://www.ukpsa.co.uk/news/covid-19-coronavirus-update/

HBSA https://sites.google.com/site/hbsauk/home/latest-news

CA https://www.countryside-alliance.org/covid-19-hub


EUROPEAN FIREARMS REQUIREMENTS FROM 1/1/2021 – PUBLISHED 14/10/2020


UK Residents, who want to travel to the EU with their firearms or shotguns will no longer be able to apply for a European Firearms Pass (EFP) from 1 January 2021.

Instead you should check the firearms licensing requirements of the EU country you are travelling to, ahead of travelling. These requirements will also apply if you will be in an EU country with your firearm, covered by an EFP, when we leave the EU.

Visitor’s permits

You should continue to apply to your local UK police force for a visitor’s permit if you’re 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.

EFPs will not be recognised for EU visitors to the UK and sponsors will no longer be required to show a valid EFP.

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.


OFFENSIVE WEAPONS (COMPENSATION) REGULATIONS

The Government have laid in Parliament draft regulations for the compensation scheme for firearms prohibited under the Offensive Weapons Act. It is not yet known when this will be debated, or when the hand in will actually occur. In the meantime, BSSC have advised the Home Office of the concerns the drafts raised. The Home Office has agreed to the valuations suggested by BSSC and a draft SI is expected soon


LEAD SHOT OVER WETLANDS

The EU Regulations for Lead Shot over Wetlands was approved by the REACH committee on 3/9/20 and is now in the hands of the European Parliament and Council, and was debated by the EP ENVI committee 28/29th October. A motion calling for the errors in the proposed regulations to be fixed within the REACH committee was tabled, I do not at this moment know the result. If the motion fails, an EP vote to pass the regulations could be held in mid-November.

Neither the European Parliament or Council can amend the regulations, and for them to be rejected would require a majority of MEP’s to oppose it in the Parliament, and a qualified majority in the Council, both of which is unlikely as the regulations got an 89% approval at the REACH committee stage. The Commission is expected to publish the regulations before the end of 2020.

The DEFRA Minister, Rebecca Pow, has confirmed that if the regulations entered into force before December 31, then it would apply directly to the UK and would be retained in UK law after the transition period ended.

Despite our Government’s commitment to adopt anything passed by the EU during the transition period we must press them not to adopt these regulations, based on the legal uncertainty of the wetlands definitions, the presumption of innocence which is a fundamental right in law, and that 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 2020

New regulations will be laid before parliament on 2/11/2020 which will define in law which firearms can be held unlicensed as antiques.

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 them. To retain firearms chambered for these cartridges they will have to be put on an FAC.


DEER STALKING WANTED

Our director Savvas is looking for stalking with possibly a couple of Friends, collectively they have 100 years of stalking experience, Impeccable references are available, definitely not a money making venture, management and sport being the ethos of the venture and they will probably take on a local apprentice or two.

Reasonable money paid, central southern England would be ideal with Roe being a main quarry, but would look further afield.

Contact  savvastoufexis@nullyahoo.co.uk .


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