Shooting does not face an outright ban – yet. However, we should never forget that shooting faces regular threats whether through restrictions on the guns we use, the ammunition we fire, the birds we rear, the land we use or our very presence in the countryside we love. Alongside our political lobbying, winning public support is essential. Our public opinion research drives our campaign focus and ensures that we know which buttons to press. Our hugely successful Game-to-Eat campaign has increased game sales by more than 60 per cent is a direct outcome of our research and hard work. Other Alliance projects, include getting more young people involved in shooting and National Shooting Week, which has introduced thousands of newcomers to the sport, all help to create new attitudes towards shooting.
Wednesday, 22 May 2013
In a bid to reduce bureaucracy and save money in the firearms licensing process, guidance to police forces across England and Wales to remove unnecessary conditions on Firearms Certificates (FAC) have been announced today.Read more
Monday, 20 May 2013
National Shooting Week (NSW) runs from 25 May to 2 June this year, offering a taste of the Olympic sports of clay pigeon and target shooting to the public at a special discounted price.
More than 70 shooting grounds around the country have signed up to take part in NSW, which last year saw hundreds of new people try the sport.
Olympic double trap gold medallist Peter Wilson launched NSW (on Friday 17 May) at his local shooting school, Southern Counties Shooting Centre, near Dorchester, Dorset, where he has trained for many years.Read more
Thursday, 9 May 2013
It has come to the attention of the Countryside Alliance that the Ministry of Justice is currently reviewing the system in which Legal Aid is administered. The Countryside Alliance is concerned that this could have grave implications for those who work in the countryside and are urging members and supporters to help ensure that these proposals are not accepted in their present form to ensure that, should the need arise, those needing legal aid are represented by those with a thorough knowledge of firearms and countryside law.Read more
Tuesday, 23 April 2013
The European Commission has recently launched a public consolation with the intention of tackling gun crime within the EU. The Commission’s main objective with this consultation “on a common approach to reducing the harm caused by criminal use of firearms in the EU” is to obtain the public’s opinion on whether the EU should introduce more restrictive rules on the legal acquisition and possession of civilian firearms.Read more
Wednesday, 3 April 2013
The issue of RTI has caused confusion for many shoot owners and managers. The Countryside Alliance has been investigating this issue and seeking the advice of professionals and working directly with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).
Tuesday, 14 May 2013
National Shooting Week will run from 25th May- 2nd June. The popular annual event has received Government support, with Sports Minister Hugh Robertson commenting "We want to encourage more young people to get involved in sport as a legacy from London 2012. Shooting is in a great position to capitalise on the gold medal success of Peter Wilson last summer and National Shooting Week will further shine a spotlight on the sport and encourage the next generation of shooters to get involved.”Read more
Thursday, 25 April 2013
Countryside Alliance Executive Chairman Barney White-Spunner writes: Yet again shooting has come to the attention of Brussels. Not content with a possible ban of lead ammunition, the European Commission is now becoming increasingly concerned about gun crime. In a bid to reduce the amount of gun crime across Europe, the Commission is currently asking the public if they feel the need for increased gun controls across the continent.Read more
Tuesday, 23 April 2013
The Countryside Alliance has asked the government to limit the information available to be searched on the national databases of micro chipped dogs, to avoid it being used by dog thieves. Under new dangerous dogs legislation, from April 2016 all dogs in the UK need to be micro chipped and their owners’ details recorded. In response to a Government inquiry into the Dangerous Dogs (Amendment) Bill, the Countryside Alliance has expressed concern as to who will have access to the information held about micro chipped dogs.Read more
Thursday, 18 April 2013
Countryside Alliance Executive Chairman Barney White-Spunner writes: I do not usually draw attention to the activities of those who want to ban our sport, but occasionally it is necessary and one such occasion is the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) seminar entitled "Gunning for Change". Scheduled to be held on 25th April in London (it was postponed last year due to lack of interest) the symposium is billed to 'expose' shooting in order to get it banned. Of course, those of a certain persuasion who wish to attend such an event are perfectly at liberty to do so – and LACS is offering free entry to try and get some sort of attendance. What is very strange, however, is that the keynote address is being given by Bob Elliot, Head of Investigations at the RSPB.Read more