Yearly Archives: 2018


The National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NaBIS) has discovered a security and data breach involving firearm (and shotgun?) certificate holders.

The data is from 2010 -11 and was posted in 2015 so is not a new, but NaBIS are taking action to make victims aware and advise on security.

The personal details of 180 people are on XXXX website, and it details their home address, financial information, firearms purchased and the value. It appears that it may be from a Finance company given the information listed but the source is yet to be ascertained.  The National Crime Agency Cyber team are investigating and the data breach has been reported to the Information Commissioner.

The Head of NaBIS I has sent out a report to all forces  ask that they make contact with those individuals affected and to offer the following advice:

Information for Victims:

  • Your personal details have been published on a website on the internet
  • They include passwords, bank account details, salary, home address, telephone numbers and employer names as well details of firearms you may have purchased
  • Research indicates this data was obtained around 2010-2011 and then posted on a website called “Pastebin” in 2015
  • Reassure victims that this is an old data breach that has only just come to the attention of the Police
  • The National Crime Agency’s Cyber Crime Unit is now investigating the circumstances of this data breach
  • The data breach has been reported to the Information Commissioner
  • Provide security advice on safe storage of their firearms in the property or when travelling with them in any vehicles
  • Advise them that the Shooting Organisations will have security advice should they need anything further.
  • Tell them to report any suspicious activity to the Police on 101 or in an emergency dial 999
  • This information does appear to have been picked up on by the press who may try to contact them using the information on the XXXXX site
  • The Police and NCA do not advise people to go on to the XXXXX web site.

Enquiries are on-going to try to identify the source for the data breach.

OUR ADVICEAs Firearm or Shotgun certificate holders, we should all be aware of the risks posed by criminals wishing to obtain our guns illegally.  This is NOT a rumour – we know that – recently, and in the North-West – target shooters have been attacked and or their firearms stolen.
The Firearm Security Handbook 2005 at –

Gives plenty of advice, but to bring it up to date a bit – we advise individual certificate holders, and those traveling with firearms –

1. DO NOT post information about the dates and/or places of your future shooting activities on Facebook, Instagram etc. as this will alert anyone with criminal intent to the whereabouts of firearms, and the fact that your home may be unoccupied.

2. DO NOT give away information on such public websites which could identify you personally as a firearm certificate holder (IE: full name, or home address, details for shooting activities etc.)

3.When traveling to and from shooting venues, be aware of the potential for a criminal to follow you.

4. When loading/unloading firearms etc from vehicles, be aware of your surroundings – anyone or anything suspicious? Move on.

5. Note the registered numbers of any vehicles you believe to be suspicious or unusual at your shooting venue, school or home.

6. Be aware of local police station (if any, nowadays!) so that if you believe your vehicle is being followed by someone with evil intent, you can go there for safety.


As an experiment, I’ve started a twitter account under the “tag” @ShootersPhoenix .

It may be of use to us – I don’t know – but please, if you think it’s any use (or if you think it’s a waste of time !)  let us know.


SEALAND A range on Saturday 8th, NOW MOVED to SUNDAY 9th September

We’ve just (13:00, 3/9/18) received an e-mail telling us that our shoot on Saturday 8th was accidentally double-booked by Nesscliff, and that both A & B ranges are now booked for military units.  I’ve expressed our disappointment at this late notice, and so we’ve been given A range the day after-  SUNDAY  9th September instead- the usual times prevailing.

We’re very sorry about this sudden change but sadly there is little we can do about it – we hope that the Sunday date will be a suitable alternative – particularly for those members who want to remain shooting at Sealand in 2019, and who have not yet put in sufficient attendances this year.

The Offensive Weapons Bill – an immediate threat.

The Offensive Weapons Bill constitutes a major threat to target shooting, and could potentially set a malign precedent for other shooting sports since it seeks to prohibit two types of rifle for which there is no evidence of misuse.

Please,  it is important that you email directly your Member of Parliament to express your concern as soon as you possibly can.

You can use the details below, but PLEASE DO IT IN YOUR OWN WORDS – politely as you want your MP to help, you and not to see you as an enemy.

“Dear [[[[MP’s name]]]

Offensive Weapons Bill

We believe that are being unfairly treated by the prohibitions proposed in the above Bill, and because the NCA / police Risk Assessments have apparently identified .50” calibre / MARS rifles as particular risks to public safety, we would like you to question the following

(1) what reductions in firearms crime are expected as a result of the prohibitions?

(2) what is the incidence of legally held rifles being used in crime; and

(3) why the strict rules on the granting of Firearm Certificates are deemed insufficient in the case of .50” calibre, MARS /lever release rifles?

We understand that MPs have many demands on their time and attention; but surely it is best for Parliament to concentrate upon the genuine and real issues, (Terrorism etc) rather than attack the law-abiding shooting sports.

This Bill if unchallenged, risks setting a dangerous precedent as it proposes banning certain firearms without any evidence or credible justification. Today the target is .50” calibre and MARS / lever release rifles; tomorrow it could be other classes of firearm used in our sport.

We do hope you can find the time to ask these questions, as we feel that this bill is a waste of valuable legislative time as well as damaging a sport and alienating the law-abiding sports shooter.

Your sincerely,

[[Name and address]]”  is a very useful tool.

Please email your local MP without delay – their contact details can be found

The Bill and evidence base can be found





VAST increase in fees for clubs and school shooting clubs.

The Home Office have announced a set of fees for target shooting clubs and school target shooting clubs.

They are –

Club first time £444

Club renewal £372

Club variation A £300

Club variation B £206

Club variation C £36

I haven’t got a copy of the categories yet, but we know they relate to matters like a change of secretary, a change of club name and the like.