Category Archives: No to Airgun Licencing in England & Wales

No to Airgun Licencing in England & Wales Campaign Blog Posts

Write To Them – Quick Guide

The Write To Them online service is really easy to use, however just in case anyone needs any help we have produced this user guide.

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So, you own an airgun?

A Firearms UK meme from the "Unity Series" on Airgun Shooters

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Airguns are not weapons…

A Firearms UK meme on why its wrong to call airguns weapons

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No to Airgun Licencing, England & Wales

Bellow you will find an example of a letter you can send to your MP. The aim of the letter is to register your opposition to the licencing of Airguns, both in Scotland and in England and Wales. Crucially you can also use such a letter to request your MP to support lawful airgun owners, and to not support any proposals to introduce similar legislative changes as that suggested by the Scottish government for England and Wales.

To find out who your local MP is we recommend the use of a website called “WriteToThem”. On the website you simply enter in your postcode and it’ll provide you with details of your MP and offer a “letter mailing service”.

Dear Sir or Madam

I write to register my increasing concern with you over the events that have been taking place in Scotland over the issue of airgun licencing. Despite crime involving airguns being statistically insignificant the Scottish government are transfixed on forcing unnecessary and ill thought out restrictions against strong opposition, including a petition signed by over fourteen thousand.

My concerns are that regardless of the eventual outcome for Scottish airgunners, the proposals alone by the Scottish government will incite equally unfounded calls for similar measures to be applied in England and Wales. Airgun owners, as with legal firearms owners are overwhelmingly safe, responsible and law abiding people who just wish to pursue their hobbies or sport without needless bureaucracy and expense, which inevitably has a disproportionate impact on newcomers to the sport and those on a lower income.

I would ask that you do what you can to ensure your law abiding constituents don’t have to face similar discriminatory encroachments. Existing legislation is more than adequate to cater for any incidents of airgun misuse, as such I hope you agree that such proposals are not necessary and are a waste of resources, which can be better spent on genuine threats to public safety.

Yours sincerely,

Please keep signing and sharing our petitions.

It’s been an exciting 6 months. When I first started the airgun petition I never imagined it becoming as popular as it did, this is down to a lot of hard work and support from many shooting organisations,magazines and the shooters that do bother to take action.

The shooting community has always been it’s own worst enemy when it comes to taking action to defend itself. Whilst 14,000 is a great number to achieve it is a miniscule amount of what it should be when one looks at the millions(yes millions) of people in the UK with an interest in firearms. Division is rife and many people do not bother if it does not affect their own particular section of the sport and in some cases even if it does! This apathy will destroy our rights.

The Scottish petition has been sent in with 14,193 petitions however when I attend the meeting with the Public Petitions Committee it would put us in an excellent position if the number of signatures has grown even more since then. If nothing else it will send a strong message to the Scottish Government and perhaps even the UK Government that shooters are not going to take it any more and we will fight back.

Having been featured in a recent article in the Sunday Express and with an upcoming feature in the Shooting Times our petition may get a second wind and achieve the even greater numbers we sorely need.  With such publicity and popularity it puts us in a very good position to continue educating the public on the positives of gun ownership and shooting sports.

If we want to move on to greater things and win our rights back we must continue to support each other and keep up good communications. We must end the divide between us all. The anti gunners do not care what your reasons for owning a firearm are, they do not care about facts or logic they want rid of  them all and we are helping them by failing to unite or remaining in a state of listlessness.

As we continue to move forward and the Firearms UK following grows we will need everyone to stand with us and let their voices be heard. We need everyone to do their bit in helping our campaigns. Please continue to share our petitions and pages with family and friends. I realise that I may be preaching to the converted when people are reading this but we must continue to gather our friends on board and get those people on the fence or sitting with their heads down standing tall and on our side.

We are law abiding citizens and it is time to say we will not accept punishment or criminalization for the minority of people who do abuse airguns and firearms.

Sometimes you’ve got to fight for your rights.

Controlled Britain

A meme created and published by Firearms UK on the restrictions faced by lawful airgunners

Our response to the Aberdeen Sports Village incident

An incident in Aberdeen has recently caught the attention of the police and the press, where children belonging to a traveler site where alleged to have fired BB guns towards the players during a match at the Aberdeen Sports Village.

Supporters of the Scottish Governments proposals to license all forms of air powered guns, against the guidance of sporting organizations such as SACS, SARPA and BASC, will be quick to use the incident, and as much media bias and misinformation on the story as they can to further their own ideas towards restricting the lawful use and ownership of airguns. We as part of the Firearms UK effort in support of firearms owners, and lawful sportsmen and women would like to offer our own view on the incident.

Firstly the reports of the incident seem to hover between the terms BB and airgun. BB and airguns are not the same thing, and it is inaccurate to use such terms interchangeably. Low powered airguns which don’t require a firearms license are comparatively more powerful than BB guns, consequently airguns and BB guns are handled differently by legislation. Airguns are largely used in target shooting, competitive target shooting and pest control and rely on this increased power (up to 16.25 joules before a license is required) to ensure humane kills of pest species and to hit targets at longer range. BB guns in contrast have an industry set maximum rating of 1.5 joules for full auto and 2.5 joules for single fire BB guns.

Secondly, airguns if indeed they were used in this incident are already covered by various laws, a few of which we will outline bellow. It is an offense under The Crime and Security Act 2010 for a person in possession of an airgun to fail to take “reasonable precautions” to prevent someone under the age of 18 gaining unauthorized access. It is also against the law for anyone bellow 14 years of age to be in possession of an airgun without supervision. Bellow the age of 14 the child needs to be supervised by someone over the age of 21, and if for example the child discharges a pellet across the boundary of land where they have permission to operate the airgun, which is also an offence, both the child and the supervising adult are committing an offense.

BB guns are also covered extensively by existing legislation. For example, to even own a BB gun which is considered realistic you have to be a member of an insured skirmish site, which are used for the sport of Airsoft. Unlike airguns it is lawful for under 18’s to be in possession of a BB gun, but only on the confides of private land.

Even without such specific laws against the misuse of airguns and BB guns, deliberately using either to cause harm or distress to a member of the public would be covered by common law.

Further emotionally motivated restrictions aimed at lawful people are not the answer to the problems of misuse, instead we should be looking towards education both in fostering responsible attitudes and specifically in making people aware of the current law as it relates to all firearms, and how they should be operated safely.

Arguably most of all what is needed to reduce the number of these incidents is parental responsibility, and enforcement of existing legislation.