Consultations on further Firearms controls – Please take action

The Government has published a public consultation on firearms “safety” issues. 

We would encourage everyone who has an interest in the shooting sports to complete the survey below, as it seems clear that further restrictions are a possibility. Little or no evidence has been provided of a problem, other than “concerns have been raised about the possibility….” Please go to the link below and give your views.

Thank you.

From The Home Office-
The Government has published a public consultation on firearms “safety” issues. 
 The consultation originated from debates during the passage through Parliament of the Offensive Weapons Act 2019.  At that time, the Government gave a commitment to consult on strengthening the security requirements for high muzzle-energy rifles as an alternative to the Government’s original intention in the Bill to prohibit these weapons.  It also committed to include in the consultation some other firearms safety issues that were raised during debates on the Act.

In addition to security for high muzzle-energy rifles, the consultation will also cover:

  • Miniature rifle ranges – there is an exemption in GB firearms law which allows a person to run a rifle range or shooting gallery where only small calibre rifles or air weapons are used, without the need for a firearms licence.  Additionally, members of the public do not need a firearms licence to shoot at such a range or gallery.  This exemption is widely used to introduce people to target shooting.  However, law enforcement has raised concerns that the exemption may allow unsuitable people to gain access to firearms, with consequent public safety risks. The consultation will seek views on improving the controls on miniature rifle ranges while retaining the benefits that miniature rifle ranges present to shooting sports.  The key proposal will be that anyone who wishes to operate a miniature rifle range must apply for a firearm certificate and undergo the necessary police checks into their background and security.
  • Ammunition – Law enforcement has raised concerns about the availability of component parts of ammunition, and how criminals could use them to unlawfully manufacture full rounds of ammunition.  The key components of ammunition – the propellant and primer – are already controlled under GB law, and there are offences relating to the unlawful possession of complete ammunition.  The consultation will seek views on whether these controls remain sufficient or whether they should be strengthened. In particular, it will seek views on whether to make it an offence to possess component parts of ammunition with intent to unlawfully manufacture complete rounds.
  • Air weapons – the consultation will summarise responses to the review we carried out following the tragic death of 13-year old Benjamin Wragge, who was killed accidentally with an air weapon in 2016. The consultation will seek views on proposals relating to the possession of air weapons by under-18s, secure storage and the safe-keeping of air weapons.

The consultation will close on
16 February 2021.