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General sporting related news and media.

Please Note !

Have you got any de-activated firearms?

If so, you’ll need to look at:

Because of the EU law ( Directive (EU) 2017/853 ) which we have already accepted, we are now subjected to the ridiculous system of recording items which were not controlled or registered – until now.

Below are some edited extracts from the circular, but note that they are NOT the law – you will need to look at the whole thing.

(Firearms which were deactivated prior to 8 April 2016 are not covered by these provisions. )

The notification of the transfer of a deactivated firearm only applies to those acquired since 14 September 2018.

A person commits an offence if they are in possession of a deactivated firearm unless they have given notice to the appropriate authority or the transfer has already been notified by the person who previously possessed it.

In practice this means that details of deactivated firearms acquired between 8 April 2016 (the date the EU technical specifications came into effect) and 14 September 2018, and which have remained unaltered ever since do not need to be notified to the appropriate national authority until 14 March 2021. If at any time before that date they transfer the deactivated firearm then they will need to notify the Home Office of the transfer.

It is an offence if a person transfers a deactivated firearm to another and does not give notice to the appropriate national authority (Home Office). A person guilty of an offence is liable to a fine of up to £200.

Clubs “Good Practice Guide.”

This document was put together by the Metropolitan Police Firearms Enquiry Team together with representatives from the British Shooting Sports Council.

You may recognise one or two of the photos in the guide, so you can guess where the main input from the BSSC came from.

I’d particularly like to bring to your attention a statement in the foreword-

“We must do whatever we can reasonably do to support the continued lawful practice of target shooting, whilst protecting public safety.”

Rob Atkin MBE (T. Commander, Met police Armed Policing)

The whole document rests on honest and clear co-operation between the police and the clubs, and if all police forces and clubs were to adopt this guide, we’d be in a much better place than we are at present.

Met Police Clubs Good Practice Guide.

This document is worth reading as it explains a lot about the relationship between clubs and firearms licensing departments, and while the Home Office have started to charge for things which weren’t chargeable before, the main thrust of the guide remains good.

More tax (attacks?) on Target Shooting Clubs

The Home Office have just published their response to the consultation of various fees for Firearms related businesses, clubs and schools.

They are –
Club first time approval grant    £444
Club renewal                                     £372
There are also other fees for such things a changing the secretary, club name, etc, varying between £300 & £36.

These are far less than the original proposals but still a very considerable hike from £84 for both grant and renewal, and NO fee for variations. to quote the Home Office – “The review led to fees that are approximately 58% lower than those proposed in the consultation.”

We have always tried had to keep costs to a bare minimum to Phoenix members, but these extras will have to be factored into our subscriptions or range fees over the coming  years.  but basically it means that our costs will rise by £60 a year, although paid out in a lump sum every six years – 2020 being our next renewal.

That’s £60 a year we will not be able to use for the benefit of the club or the sport.



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.