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Offensive Weapons Bill - January 2019 Update

posted 9 Jan 2019, 10:51 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 9 Jan 2019, 10:51 ]
As members may be aware the OWB was given its second reading in the House of Lords last Monday.

Our input went into the briefing note provided to Peers by BSSC, which is an excellent and very complete document.

As far as firearms are concerned there were few surprises. The Lords Shrewsbury and Bilimoria in particular gave detailed positive addresses, as indeed did others. The issues of violence in society and lack of police resources were raised.

The Government seems committed to hold the enquiry into “.50 rifles” after the Bill. The position on rapid firing rifles replicated what came out of the Commons so we will see what the effect of support for them has is in due course.

Section 11(4), an important issue for the shooting community, was not mentioned, but we know that it will be looked at as part of the enquiry after the Bill.

Medical reporting was mentioned by the Minister as an important issue so hopefully we will see progress. We have written to him under the BSSC banner in relation to the unsatisfactory situation that prevails at present.

I will keep members posted as circumstances permit.

Derek Stimpson