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Take time to protect target shooting

posted 15 Mar 2014, 03:29 by Historical Breechloading Smallarms Association UK   [ updated 15 Mar 2014, 04:01 by Tony Cattermole ]
For the past decade a single document has been the mainstay of the defence of shooting. Now, with a general election looming, it is ten years out of date. That is why the major shooting, landowning and farming organisations have come together to support a new survey to show the economic, environmental and social benefits of shooting sports. And your help is vital. 

The previous independent report (2006), by Public and Corporate Economic Consultants (PACEC), came up with some stunning facts – shooting was worth 1.6 billion pounds to the UK economy and we spent 250 million pounds a year on conservation. Now we urgently need to update these statistics - and we can, with your help. 

17 shooting and countryside organisations have commissioned PACEC to undertake a new and comprehensive survey to find out exactly what shooting, the gun trade and firearms collecting in the UK are worth today.  The new study includes target shooting and deer stalking in addition to sporting shooting. We want to know, for example: how much our different shooting sports are worth to the economy, how much they enrich our countryside, how important are the jobs they create and the social activities generated.  What would be lost if shooting sports were to be stopped? 

The survey will provide vital facts to put before politicians and others in power, but PACEC can only provide us with the information if you, in turn, can give them the information they need.  This is a massive task - we need the results quickly and we need them to be accurate. 

As a target shooter any information you can give the survey on your involvement with shooting would be invaluable. 

Please complete at least the quick section of the survey, which should take only a few minutes. It would be immensely helpful if you would then complete the full, more detailed survey if you possibly can. This will ask you for detailed information on shooting activities and expenditure, and might take up to an hour, but it is so important that such commitment is a small price for each of us if it can really help make shooting safe for the future. Please also ensure that you send us your response by the end of March. 

If you have any questions, problems, or would prefer to complete a paper copy of the survey, please reply to this message or contact Richard Blackmore at the NRA or PACEC on 01223 31164901223 311649. 

If you would prefer us not to contact you again about projects such as this, or would like to be removed from the survey sample, please reply to this email or contact Richard Blackmore at the NRA to let us know.

It may be that you are asked to complete such survey forms for other organisations. Apologies for this, as PACEC are using multiple (confidential) membership databases from the commissioning organisations. You do not need to complete the questionnaire twice, and they will ensure no ‘double-counting’ occurs later in the analysis of results.  

Please be assured that your identity and all information you provide will remain confidential and your responses will only be used to produce aggregated statistics. 

With very grateful thanks in anticipation of your help in this most important survey – it is very much appreciated.

Andrew Mercer, NRA Secretary General