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HBSA Midland Rook & Rabbit - Spring 2021

posted 26 Feb 2021, 14:52 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 26 Feb 2021, 14:53 ]

Saturday 24th April 2021

Stourport on Severn Pistol & Rifle Club
Minster Road Stourport on Severn Worcestershire

This Championship Meeting will be held at Stourport on Severn. The event is intended for traditional British single shot Rook & Rabbit sporting rifles (and their foreign equivalents) from the 1865-1914 period. Full-stocked military training rifles such as .310 Cadets and .22 WO Training rifles are welcome, and have their own categories.
Additionally early 0.22” R/F repeaters are also welcome within their own category.

Additional matches for modern .22 Light Sport Rifles have once again been included and will be run under the Stourport on Severn Rifle & Pistol Club Banner.

Entry forms can be found on the HBSA Website>>> or from Paul Smith

Please refer to the HBSA website for the most up to date information regarding range bookings etc.

Final reminder for the Home Office Consultation on Firearms Safety

posted 8 Feb 2021, 03:28 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 8 Feb 2021, 03:28 ]

The closing date for your response to the consultation is fast approaching with just a week to go. If you haven’t already responded, you owe it to all of us to do so now.

The online consultation can be completed here:


The HBSA recommended responses can be seen here:


On that same page is a BSSC document of suggested bullet points that you can use to amplify your responses. HBSA contributed to the compilation of those bullet points.

It will only take you 5 to 10 minutes – DO IT NOW

ECHA Lead in ammunition report

posted 3 Feb 2021, 15:41 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 3 Feb 2021, 15:42 ]

Members will find the promised ECHA report at the link below, together with other specific links.

There are 900+ pages to be studied and understood which we will be doing carefully, together with BSSC, in relation to all the relevant issues that we raised, and which may need addressing. This is of course proposed EU legislation and what application there may be for UK remains to be seen although it may apply in N.I.

We will report in detail as soon as we have analysed the overall situation. There is a lot to digest here including differences between target and game shooting, ammunition manufacture and supply, etc. Our FESAC colleagues are of course strongly affected and we are in touch with them.

It must be borne in mind that the report has now to go to the Risk Assessment Committee and the Socio Economic Committee for their views.

I am happy to deal with any specific questions at chairman@hbsa-uk.org


Derek Stimpson


Future restriction proposal


Legislative Update for January 2021

posted 1 Feb 2021, 09:01 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 1 Feb 2021, 09:01 ]

The latest Update can be read here >>>>

Re. use of Lead in ammunition and over wetlands

posted 31 Jan 2021, 06:23 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 31 Jan 2021, 12:49 ]

Dear Members

Further to my post of 6th January please see the following communication from FACE Brussels, whose initial analysis is that while the EU Lead in Wetlands Regulation will not apply in Great Britain, it will apply in Northern Ireland. 

BSSC is currently attempting to have this confirmed by DEFRA, but the opinion from FACE seems clear enough. This also has implications for the Annex XV process for a total ban on lead in all ammunition which is about to kick off in Brussels.

The ECHA promised report is due in February and we will advise details as soon as available. Of course whilst reference is made to a total lead ban, as previously mentioned we have requested exemptions and given detailed explanations, especially in relation to historic arms and ranges, both in the consultation and direct with ECHA, and we await to see what we may have achieved . Indoor ranges are outside of ECHA’s remit although that may not affect the view of future use of lead by the EU.

Best wishes

Derek Stimpson

Dear FACE UK colleagues,

Please note the lead shot wetlands/restriction has been published in the official EU journal:

It will come into force in 20 days, and the application of the Regulation for EEA countries starts after 24 months (so in February 2023).

Please note an unforeseen development: Our initial analysis confirms that the REACH Regulation continues to apply to Northern Ireland. This is because Art 5.4 of the ‘Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland’ included in the EU-UK agreement stipulates that the ‘provisions of Union law listed in Annex 2 to this Protocol shall also apply, under the conditions set out in that Annex, to and in the United Kingdom in respect of Northern Ireland’ (emphasis added). Point 23 of Annex 2 includes REACH.

This will result in a change of the rules for game (and clay) shooters in Northern Ireland (e.g. see this article), and not just for lead shot over wetlands, but also for the future total lead ban, which will kick-off next week when ECHA’s proposal is published (due to come into law in approx. 3 years most likely with various transition periods).


posted 30 Jan 2021, 04:31 by Tony Cattermole

Dear all

In order to amplify recent posts, answer questions, and repeat appropriate links I hope that the following will help:-

The link to the latest Statutory Instrument is repeated here: -

This has been passed by Parliament (both Houses) and awaits signature by the Minister.

We await news from the Home Office regarding the signature date confirming the new law and the transition period details. As soon as we know these, members will be informed.

If you are not familiar with the Home Office Guide on Firearms Licensing Law - see link.

Chapter 9 deals with Sect 7 Historic Pistols and Chapter 8 Antiques.

You may find those helpful, especially 9, if you are not familiar with them. 

My earlier posts on the website and forum set out the history of this issue starting with the Law Commission review in 2015. 

The following may be of assistance.

When transferred to FAC as a Sect 1 item, an ex 58(2) may only be possessed (as described in Sect 126 of the Policing and Crime Act 2017). 

It will require you to have your own Sect 5 RFD to sell it. That is why Sect 7 is the best alternative as the Sect 7 rules allow more flexibility. The Sect 7.1 option will likely apply to most pistols affected. 

Any longarm chambered in the cartridges removed from the list will be Sect 1 and we understand can be added to an FAC and handled as such.

For the seven revolver models involved you do not have to prove good reason to put them on FAC - they will also be a collection.

However you will have to comply with all the other arrangements and security as required for an FAC item. 

If you have these 58(2)s to deal with then you must apply for an FAC or variation during the transition period, as mentioned, yet to be confirmed. Once you have done so you will be deemed to have complied even if the issue of your documents goes beyond the transition period. 

You may also sell these items as a 58(2) during the transition period. Of course if you wish to sell one of the Sect 58(2) items now you may do so. 

Once the Law is in place, those of you who have rifles chambered for the cartridges added to the Obsolete List (see list in earlier post) which you no longer wish to shoot, you may dispose of any ammunition you possess and tell the police that you wish the rifle(s) removed from your FAC as you will hold them under Sect 58(2.).

I hope that this is helpful. Please contact me by email if you have specific questions. 

To repeat what I wrote in an earlier post - the pressures on the law abiding collecting and shooting community, both in modern society and from officialdom have never been greater. Our mission of preserving heritage remains of great importance.

Best wishes
Derek Stimpson

Government consultation on Firearms safety - guidance

posted 24 Jan 2021, 13:27 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 24 Jan 2021, 13:28 ]

As promised here is a short guide to assist members on-line responses. The other document, prepared with BSSC, sets out the various points from which members may compose their own text in the 250 word text boxes in each section.
This will ensure differences between individual responses and from our detailed HBSA email response.

Thank you in advance to those who respond.

Derek Stimpson

Northern Shooting Show – Sat 8th & Sun 9th May 2021 - Postponed

posted 22 Jan 2021, 03:22 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 22 Jan 2021, 03:22 ]

We have just received this message from the organisers:
After consultation with the venue and the local authority we have taken the decision to cancel this May’s show until next year, Sat 7th & Sun 8th May 2022.

It has obviously been a very difficult decision to make as the will from visitors and exhibitors is certainly there to put this year’s show on. Unfortunately, the current landscape is far too uncertain to make sure proper measures and protocols are in place to guarantee the safety of all our visitors and exhibitors with a show of our size.
Like all storms – they run out of rain, and we look forward to getting through these testing times and continuing to produce a show everyone is proud of.
If you already hold a ticket it will remain valid for the 2022 show and attendees will be able to use it to secure a discount on the following years entrance price.

Please follow us on social media for regular updates.
Look forward to seeing you in 2022. New dates are Sat 7th and Sun 8th May 2022

Northern Shooting Show team 

Firearms Security Handbook 2020

posted 21 Jan 2021, 09:19 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 21 Jan 2021, 09:19 ]

After considerable delay, the revised 2020 version of the Firearms Security Handbook has at last been uploaded to the GOV.UK website and is now showing. This incorporates the changes to the 2019 version last posted, that were agreed last year with NPCC through BSSC. Both the 2020 and previous version now mention Sect 7. The new version is at :-


Derek Stimpson


posted 21 Jan 2021, 06:37 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 21 Jan 2021, 06:38 ]

Members are aware of this pending issue. I will send a short version for members guidance as soon as time permits, but in ample time for members to respond on line.

Meanwhile members may be interested to see the latest detailed BASC response to the Government Consultation released and submitted yesterday and which can be found here:- 


This is now much amplified and includes a great deal more detail. It is thus a response that was submitted by email rather than “on-line”.

As a model it is useful although it contains much more than an individual might submit in his own words on-line.

HBSA as an Association will submit an email response covering similar ground (as will BSSC). In addition to BSSC we are also in liaison with FCSA and NSRA as particular stakeholders. However as mentioned earlier I will post a shorter guide reference version soon to assist with individual responses.

It is vital that we protect use of air guns by young people being the main entry for most into shooting.

You will see that Q14 and Q15 have been answered conditionally. Whether any new offence is needed remains to be seen but at very least the two conditions should apply.


Derek Stimpson 

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