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Recent changes to firearms law we need to be aware of :

The Firearms Act 2023 –

https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2023/49/enacted

The Firearms (Amendment) Rules 2023 –

https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2023/77/rule/2/made

The basic effects of these changes are:

  1. Extra security rules for some rifles
  2. Firearm certificate now required for miniature (.22rf) rifle ranges/galleries.
  3. Making it an offence to possess reloading components with intent.

There are also changes to the Home Office criteria for club approval, but these are under review as they didn’t take into account the 2023 Act. They will only be published on-line. Once they are published, I’ll put a link here, with an explanation.

BEWARE!

Cheshire Police have asked us to make everyone aware that they have intelligence that – in the Greater Manchester Area – members of target shooting clubs may be being followed home from the club by criminals from orgainsed crime groups, with a view to stealing guns from their cars or homes.

I know you are all aware of this possibility particularly at Sealand but thankfully all our venues are in places which make it obvious if someone was waiting to follow us, but be alert to the risk!

How many crimes are committed with rifles I can’t say, but sawn-off shotguns might be making a come-back. Either way, we don’t want to lose our valuable firearms!

Rifles For Sale

CZ453 PREMIUM.22LR FLUTED BARREL WITH SLING SILENCER HAWKE SPORT HD 4+12X50ADIR SCOPE LIKE NEW £450

CZ452 AMERICAN .17HMR WITH SLING SILENCER HAWKE NITE EYE 4-16X50 LIKE NEW £350

Winchester model 91 o/u 12g single trigger barrel selector £300

12g Browning A5 semi auto with spare barrel £500

12g AYA yeoman SBS DOUBLE TRIGGER £100

Mossberg 500 hush power.410 pump action £500

Modern arms of London folding.410 SBS HAMMER GUN NUMBER 13 OF THE FEW THAT WERE MADE £120

That a total of £2320 but if someone takes the lot £1600 including 7 gun safe, a 3 gun safe, an ammo safe and ammunition for everything.

Contact MIke or Mary – quoting “ADRIAN NORTHWICH”

Lorna Williams

We have just heard that Lorna Williams – the wife of our founder Roy and the first treasurer of the club – has died in hospital. The funeral is a 1.30 on Thursday 27th July 2023 at the South Chapel,  Landican .
Following Roy’s death Lorna rather lost contact with the club, but we know that some of our less-young members will remember her.

The Islands take shooting sport seriously !

Guernsey is hosting the Island games this year, and they take their shooting sports seriously.

https://guernsey2023.gg/sports/shooting/

Aland, Alderney, Bermuda, The Cayman Islands, The Falkland Islands, the Faroe Islands, Froya, Gibraltar and Gotland are all competing.

Crowds at St Peter Port.
Fort-le Marchant rifle range.

In 2019 the games were held in Gibraltar, with Jersey coming first and Guernsey second in the shooting sports.

The Met is NOT all bad.

Below is the forward to a leaflet produced by the Met for Target Shooting Clubs – and it’s worth a read, particularly in the light of the current state of the Metropolitan Police with its very poor record of vetting new staff; vide David Carrick…..

Perhaps if they had applied the same vetting to new staff that their (efficient AND friendly) Firearms Team do to certificate applicants, they wouyldn’t be in this position.

“There is a long and proud history of civilian target shooting in the United Kingdom. I am very conscious that two of our Independent Advisory Group members, the National Rifle Association and the National Smallbore Rifle Association were founded in 1859 and 1899
respectively. However, civilian target shooting can trace its roots back to the very earliest days of the use of firearms in the country. Today, target shooting is a growth sport, attracting young and old alike, and cutting across gender and social divides.

I am very clear that the Metropolitan Police Service and our key stakeholders, including the members of our Independent Advisory Group and London’s shooting communities, have a shared mission in relation to target shooting. We must do whatever we can reasonably do to support the continued lawful practice of target shooting, whilst protecting public safety. As such, I am delighted to support this good practice guide. I believe that it presents key information to target shooters in London, and elsewhere, in a clear and practical way. This will be of significant practical benefit both to the many shooting clubs in London and to the police.

The fact that this document is a shared enterprise, written by the Metropolitan Police Service’s Firearms Enquiry Team, in partnership with our key stakeholders, demonstrates that keeping London safe, whilst supporting target shooting, is a shared responsibility.

Rob Atkin MBE
T. Commander, Armed Policing”

Deactivated Firearms Guidance

The latest (last!?) EU legislation on deactivated firearms is complex and confusing, but the Deactivated Weapons Association (DWA) has put together a guide to what should be notified and when – see the tables at the bottom of this page.)

We may be officially “out” of the EU, but we’re still in the transition period sat the moment (18/2/20) and this particular law was enacted before we left.

You’ll note that the “who” to notify hasn’t been included, but now that’s been made (nearly) clear at – Deactivatedfirearmsnotifications@homeoffice.gov.uk

You should use the forms provided at – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/circular-0102019-firearms-regulations-2019-and-the-firearms-amendment-no2-rules-2019

What possible way this can enhance public safety is – to say the least – questionable, but it prevents the UK having to pay a massive fine to the EU if they haven’t “done something” to comply.
This is the very least they could do to comply with the legislation and still avoid that fine.

Possession
Type of Deactivation? Notify? When to Notify?
UK legacy specifications deactivated prior to 7th April 2016 No N/A
2010 UK Specification (for firearms outside the scope of the EU Regulation – mortars, flare pistols, launchers, etc.) deactivated from 8th April 2016 No N/A
EU Regulation 2015/2403 (EU Spec 1) deactivated from 8th April 2016 to 27th June 2018 Yes BUT Not before March 14th 2021
EU Regulation 2018/337 (EU Spec 2) deactivated from 28th June 2018 to 13th September 2018 Yes March 14th 2021 if taken into your possession by 13/09/18 or from now if taken into your possession on or after 14/09/18
EU Regulation 2018/337 (EU Spec 2) deactivated from 14th September 2018 Yes Now
Transfer (for more than 14 days)
Type of Deactivation? Notify? When to Notify?
UK legacy specifications deactivated prior to 7th April 2016 No N/A
2010 UK Specification (for firearms outside the scope of the EU Regulation – mortars, flare pistols, launchers, etc.) deactivated from 8th April 2016 No N/A
EU Regulation 2015/2403 (EU Spec 1) deactivated from 8th April 2016 to 27th June 2018 No N/A
EU Regulation 2018/337 (EU Spec 2) deactivated from 28th June 2018 to 13th September 2018 Yes From now upon sale/transfer
EU Regulation 2018/337 (EU Spec 2) deactivated from 14th September 2018 Yes From now upon sale/transfer