Monthly Archives: June 2018

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]]”

https://www.writetothem.com/  is a very useful tool.

Please email your local MP without delay – their contact details can be found https://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/mps/

The Bill and evidence base can be found https://services.parliament.uk/Bills/2017-19/offensiveweapons.html