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Update - Government Firearms Consultation

posted 19 Jan 2021, 06:58 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 19 Jan 2021, 06:58 ]
Dear Members

As you are aware we are in discussion on the responses at present and I advised that we would provide a broad guide to answering the questions. 

Meanwhile a short guide was published last week by BASC which provides answers to the numbered questions but with limited text.

Whilst most of the answers are reasonable they do need an additional text comment in the text box and we are working on that. We are in touch with the  with FCSA, NSRA, and BSSC to co-ordinate intent of answers. BASC is expected to release a wider document very shortly.

However there is some concern about the suggested BASC answers to Q 14 and Q 15. We do not believe that it is necessary to create any new offence since the existing law is sufficient. This would mean a disagree answer to Q 14. However a more detailed text answer to Q15 is needed. There is also the issue of Section 2 ammunition which is not controlled on Certificate. 

We have raised these points and I will report back. We also await a legal opinion.

There is no need for members to rush off their responses as we have time until mid February. 

Derek Stimpson