Scottish Countryside Alliance Statement on SNH Raven research licence

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The Scottish Countryside Alliance welcomes the practical approach taken by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) in granting a research licence to mitigate the impact of raven predation on vulnerable and red-listed ground nesting birds. On what is an obviously contentious issue, SNH is to be congratulated for disagreeing with the largest conservation bodies in the country…

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Countryside Alliance sets out red lines for the future of firearms licensing medical procedure

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The Countryside Alliance has detailed the chaos currently gripping the medical procedures associated with firearms licensing. We understand that the Home Office may be about to attempt to impose a ‘solution’ on gun owners in the form of a fee to GPs for completing the initial medical records check and adding a marker to medical…

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Firearms legislation: The good, the bad and the ugly

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Countryside Alliance Head of Shooting Liam Stokes writes: The Government is making changes to our firearms legislation. Some are good, some are bad, but none address the key problem at the heart of the system: the failing medical procedures. In fact, that situation is threatening to get worse. The good comes in the form of…

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A ‘welcomed development’ as limited extensions of firearms certificates come into force

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The introduction of the Policing and Crime Act 2017 inserts a new section into the Firearms Act 1968 that provides for an extension of eight weeks to expiring firearm and shotgun certificates in specified circumstances. This allows the licensing department to take extra time to ensure they have made an informed decision on the applicant’s…

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Home Office firearms proposal ignores safety concerns

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In an announcement this week, the Home Office has informed the Countryside Alliance, and other shooting organisations, that the Government has reneged on the agreement that was agreed in 2016 to deliver improved ongoing scrutiny of the health, including mental health, of gun owners. The Home Office has given in to a campaign of non-compliance…

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Government must listen to shooters before acting on firearm licensing

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Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes: I wrote last year about our concerns over the implementation of new medical checks and markers for those of us who own guns. In the intervening period the situation has only got worse. We have reported on cases where GPs attempted to blackmail firearms licence applicants by threatening…

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Efficiency and Effectiveness of Police Scotland Firearms Licensing Service

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The Scottish Countryside Alliance (SCA) welcomes the report from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS) as they assess the efficiency and effectiveness of the way in which Police Scotland delivers its statutory role as the licensing authority in Scotland for firearms, shotguns and air weapons. Since the establishment of Police Scotland in 2013,…

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Shooting community reacts strongly to failing firearms licensing service

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Thousands of Countryside Alliance members and supporters have played their part in contacting over 500 MPs regarding the chaotic and failing firearms licensing medical procedure. The Countryside Alliance is calling for a fair and consistent firearms licensing service and we are grateful for all those who participated in our eLobby, allowing our concerns to be…

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