Home‎ > ‎


ECRA message post

posted 19 Jun 2020, 15:21 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 19 Jun 2020, 15:21 ]

Members may wish to note the following message from ECRA which I received via FESAC

Derek Stimpson

Dear collector friends,

The EU's firearms directive has an extreme impact on our research / collecting activities in an international context. If we have to comply with the legal regulations in the currently valid form, then sooner or later our activity will no longer be possible. In Article 11 of the directive, the EU already requires buyers / sellers, type, caliber, number of items, etc. to be mentioned in advance when cartridges are transported and taken with them across EU borders and to apply for approval. We all know that this is not acceptable to us.
A working group of the German group of the ECRA (German Research Association for Ammunition e.V.) tried to influence the last gun amendment in Germany in 2019 and to find a practical solution for the German members. This was rejected by politics and the Ministry of the Interior. The EU directive has repeatedly been used as a reason. This was the reason why, as a member of this arms law working group, I tried to achieve something via the EU route.

I have therefore submitted a petition to the EU that shows our problems with cross-border research / collecting in connection with Article 11 of the EU Firearms Directive. This petition has now been examined by the EU Petitions Committee and declared admissible. According to the letter from the EU, the committee has started to examine the petition and asked the EU Commission to investigate the matter. The petition was also forwarded to the European Parliament's Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection.
The petition has the number 1320/2019 and can be viewed on the relevant EU website. However, only a summary is shown there. The whole text of my petition is much more extensive and describes in detail our problems.

Since I learned from the last general meeting of ECRA in Barneveld that the board is working to improve our status, I wanted to inform you about it. After all, all of our members from the EU member states are affected by the EU directive.

Sincerely yours
Rainer Schneck

Northern Shooting Show 2020 cancelled

posted 16 Jun 2020, 11:32 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 16 Jun 2020, 11:32 ]

We have received this message from the organisers:

Dear Visitor
It is with great regret we have to announce that under the current circumstances the show planned for 28/29 August 2020 will be cancelled.
We know that you, like us, will be hugely disappointed, but it was just not possible to deliver the show with the current government restrictions. 
 Any tickets that have been purchased will automatically be valid for 2021 and anyone using their tickets to enter the show next year will be given a discount on 2022 tickets. Any child tickets bought to date will also be valid even if the child will be over 16 by the date of the next show.

Thames Valley Police update June 2020

posted 9 Jun 2020, 04:34 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 9 Jun 2020, 04:34 ]

Members may wish to note the following email alert which was sent out yesterday to TVP shooting community and we received from TVP FLD today.

Derek Stimpson


posted 7 Jun 2020, 08:52 by Tony Cattermole

The FESAC AGM took place by online video conferencing. Country Reports will be circulated by email - the UK Country Report may be read here>>>

Derek Stimpson

Hospice in the Weald for Ken Hocking

posted 6 Jun 2020, 06:42 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 6 Jun 2020, 06:43 ]

Members will be pleased to note the thank you letter from Hospice in the Weald for HBSA’s donation in memory of Ken Hocking

Derek Stimpson

Coronavirus - Update from the NRA - 29th May 2020

posted 30 May 2020, 14:34 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 30 May 2020, 14:35 ]

The NRA have made some bookings available for groups of 6, details below:-

ECHA newsletter - lead ammunition

posted 28 May 2020, 05:53 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 28 May 2020, 05:53 ]

For members information - I have just received this update via BSSC


There are a number of interesting comments here which underline the need for working and liaising with ECHA.

“The use of lead could continue if the risks are adequately controlled or where alternatives are not technically suitable or turn out to be too expensive. Regulation should not result in disproportionate socio-economic impacts.”

“It is also important to understand that proposing a restriction does not necessarily mean a ban. A restriction can be any kind of condition on the use of a substance that is seen necessary to mitigate the risks.”

We can also note that a visit to a range took place in Finland.

They state that most weight will be given to views supported by scientifically robust data.

They also state that "indoor uses of lead ammunition are also excluded from the scope of the investigation”.

In any case we need to keep up working on the issue.

I will advise any further progress in due course

Derek Stimpson

NPCC LETTER to Firearms Licensing Managers - Covid-19 recovery

posted 21 May 2020, 08:25 by Tony Cattermole

Following our last post please also see the attached letter from DCC Dave Orford NPCC/FELWEG lead and addressed to police FLDs in England and Wales 

Derek Stimpson

Message from The Under Secretary of State, Nigel Huddleston, and addressed to the Chairman of BSSC

posted 20 May 2020, 12:11 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 20 May 2020, 12:11 ]

Members will be interested to see the following message from The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Sport Tourism and Heritage, Nigel Huddleston MP, and addressed to the Chairman of BSSC.

This clarifies the position regarding shooting as an outdoor activity.

Derek Stimpson

"As you are aware, on 11 May, the government published updated guidance on lockdown measures, including updates on how people can remain active. From 13 May, people are allowed to go outside more than once a day for exercise as long as they are following social distancing guidelines, alone, with members of their household, or with one person from outside of their household. People must still only exercise in groups of no more than two people, unless they are exercising with their household.

Any facilities associated with outdoor sports and physical activities, including shooting ranges, can now reopen, if those responsible for them feel ready to do so and if they can do so safely, and in line with related public health guidance."

Ivory judicial review fails to overturn the antique ivory ban

posted 19 May 2020, 13:12 by Tony Cattermole

Members should be aware that the Judicial review that has just taken place failed to overturn the antique ivory ban.

Report in The Times newspaper>>>

We are in touch with BADA and will keep you updated.

Derek Stimpson

1-10 of 623