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Conor O'Gorman

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  • Birthday 01/01/1974

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    Policy Development Manager for BASC.<br />Enjoy pigeon shooting, wildfowling and fly-fishing.

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  1. Have your say on Scottish Natural Heritage’s general licences consultation by completing an online survey by 9 October. What bird species do you think should stay on next year’s general licences? Are there any bird species that you think should be added to next year’s general licences? Practitioner evidence is going to be very important in decision making where scientific evidence might be limited. When completing the online questionnaire please use your field observations and experience as evidence where requested. You do not need to answer all the questions in the survey. Only answer the questions where you feel you can provide a valid reason to back up your answer. To complete the survey click the following link: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/2019GL/ THANK YOU! Many thanks to those that took the time to fill in BASC's Scottish general licences survey. Our response, using data from this survey, will be submitted to the general licences consultation. For more information on the survey results see: https://basc.org.uk/blog/generallicenses/gl-scotland/basc-survey-highlights-fundamental-importance-of-general-licences-in-Scotland/
  2. General licences allow preventative action to be taken so you do not need to wait until damage has occurred. For more information see https://basc.org.uk/gl/
  3. From 7th October onwards you can continue to shoot wood pigeon and feral pigeon under relevant general licences as long as its not inside certain protected areas or within 300m of the boundary of those areas. All the key information and preview copies of the new general licences are available on BASC website here: https://basc.org.uk/gl/wales/ There are no changes for shooting wildfowl.
  4. Natural Resources Wales will publish three new general licences for the shooting and trapping of pest birds on Monday 7 October 2019. Once these new general licences go live the existing general licences GL001, GL002 and GL004 will no longer be valid. If you intend shooting or trapping pest birds under general licence on or after Monday 7 October it is vital that you have read and understood the new general licences. Click the link below for more information and to download advance copies of what will be in the new general licences. https://basc.org.uk/gl/wales/
  5. There is a real danger of 'survey fatigue' right now and as a result some of us may miss opportunities to do our bit before it is too late. If anyone has yet to respond to the Home Office firearms licensing consultation please click the link below and respond by Tuesday 17 Sept. The outcome will impact on all of us shooting in England, Wales and Scotland and time is running out to have your say. https://basc.org.uk/firearmsconsultation/ For anyone shooting or trapping pest birds in Scotland a survey ends on 9 October. Click the following link to take part https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/2019GL/ Turning to the 12 weeks Defra general licences survey that launched yesterday, the survey link is here: https://consult.defra.gov.uk/wildlife-management/wild-birds-general-licence-survey/ BASC reviewed the Defra survey and some initial advice we published is as follows: The survey will take around 30 minutes to complete and is not a quick 'tick box' exercise. Some advice on completing the survey is as follows: 1. Download a copy of all the survey questions before you complete the online survey. https://consult.defra.gov.uk/wildlife-management/wild-birds-general-licence-survey/supporting_documents/wildbirdsgenerallicencesurveydocument1.pdf 2. At the start of the survey you will be asked for your name and email address, general questions on how you use general licences and which organisations you are a member of. 3. In sections A to C there are questions asking you to choose bird species that you think should continue to be included on general licences and up to five bird species that you think should be added to general licences. Your answers to these questions will only be registered if you include reasons to support each of your answers. BASC recommend that you use your own field observations and experience as reasons to support your answers. Practitioner evidence during the review is going to be very important to cover areas where scientific evidence might be limited. You do not have to answer all the questions. 4. We recommend that you only answer the questions where you feel you can provide a valid reason to back up your answer. Remember, just ticking lots of boxes with no reasons given is pointless as your answers will not be registered. 5. In section D there are questions asking for your views and experience about non-lethal methods of managing bird species on general licences. 6. In section E there are questions about what kinds of records you keep and how long it takes you to make these records. 7. In Section F there are questions inviting any wider views on general licences. Click the link below for more info on the survey and latest info on general licences in England. https://basc.org.uk/gl/england/
  6. Is there a way out of the current firearms licensing quagmire? A BASC blog post published today explores some of the issues: https://basc.org.uk/blog/offbeat/whats-the-problem-with-firearms-licensing/ This and a series of other articles has gone out in today’s weekly email to all members and subscribers. To sign up for BASC email newsletters see here: https://basc.org.uk/basc-live/
  7. For anyone that has not read the proposals or BASC's response or taken a few minutes to email the Home Office their view here are a few key points. If the government approves these proposals this could result in: a potential loss of tens of thousands of firearms owners over the next 5 years with serious knock-on impacts on businesses the creation of a multi-million pound medical record checks industry funded by the shooting community with no benefit to that community or to public safety mandatory GP involvement in firearms licensing being rolled out nationwide with no safeguards in place to protect applicants from GPs refusing to take part or charging extortionate fees police interviewing applicants’ neighbours on their suitability to own guns thereby putting certificate holders at risk police seeking credit or other financial tests on applicants and considering debt as a factor in decision making. The Home Office proposals are neither evidence-lead nor fit for purpose. The proposals will encourage police forces in England, Wales and Scotland to continue to make up their own rules and this will be largely to the disadvantage of firearm owners. Existing and prospective firearms owners will be treated poorly and will be regarded as people who may be dealt with in any way that the police or doctors wish. Please email firearmsconsultations@homeoffice.gov.uk with your views! For more information visit: https://basc.org.uk/firearmsconsultation/
  8. I would recommend all to visit the following webpages also: https://basc.org.uk/med https://basc.org.uk/firearmsconsultation/
  9. For anyone that has not read the proposals or BASC's response or taken a few minutes to email the Home Office their view here are a few key points. If the government approves these proposals this could result in: a potential loss of tens of thousands of firearms owners over the next 5 years with serious knock-on impacts on businesses the creation of a multi-million pound medical record checks industry funded by the shooting community with no benefit to that community or to public safety mandatory GP involvement in firearms licensing being rolled out nationwide with no safeguards in place to protect applicants from GPs refusing to take part or charging extortionate fees police interviewing applicants’ neighbours on their suitability to own guns thereby putting certificate holders at risk police seeking credit or other financial tests on applicants and considering debt as a factor in decision making. The Home Office proposals are neither evidence-lead nor fit for purpose. The proposals will encourage police forces in England, Wales and Scotland to continue to make up their own rules and this will be largely to the disadvantage of firearm owners. Existing and prospective firearms owners will be treated poorly and will be regarded as people who may be dealt with in any way that the police or doctors wish. Please email firearmsconsultations@homeoffice.gov.uk with your views! For more information visit: https://basc.org.uk/firearmsconsultation/
  10. Firearms licensing has become a postcode lottery with police forces making up their own rules and some GPs charging extortionate fees. To make matters worse the Home Office wants to introduce statutory firearms licensing guidance for England, Wales and Scotland that will lead to even more chaos and confusion. A consultation on the proposals ends at 11:45pm on 17 September 2019. BASC has submitted and published its response and is urging all shooters to email their views to the Home Office at firearmsconsultations@homeoffice.gov.uk telling them that the proposals are not fit for purpose. BASC wants an efficient, cost-effective, robust system of firearms licensing that protects public safety and provides excellent service to the shooting community. We believe that all parties in the licensing process in England, Wales and Scotland should have statutory duties and must include the doctors. For a copy of BASC's response and more information click here: https://basc.org.uk/firearmsconsultation/
  11. BASC's response was submitted today. The Home Office proposals could lead to the most significant change to firearms licensing in 20 years. Tomorrow afternoon we will publish our response with a summary of key issues and I hope that this will encourage anyone in this forum who has yet to respond to the consultation to do so. The consultation closes at 11.45pm on 17 Sept.
  12. Just to clarify that this vacancy has arisen because our current film maker Tom is leaving BASC after 9 years dedication to our campaigns providing innovation and dedication in producing films and video in all formats and for all audiences. That role was created as part of the creation of a media center at BASC in 2010. We are currently reviewing how we use social media, the website and video to ensure that we making the best use of our staff time and resources. See BASC films here: https://www.youtube.com/user/BASCfilms/ See BASC in the press here: https://basc.org.uk/basc-in-the-press/
  13. Thanks again to all for the feedback on the consultation both in this thread and by PM, email and telephone conversations. BASC's response has been finalised by the firearms team and should be ready to submit and be published on BASC website on Monday. I will start a new thread in this forum when it is published with a summary of key points and I hope that this will encourage anyone in this forum who has yet to respond to the consultation to do so. The consultation closes on 17 Sept.
  14. The drafting of BASC's response by BASC's firearms team is nearing completion and I have re-read all the comments in this thread and cross checked and I am fairly sure all the concerns raised about what is in the draft guidance and impact assessment have been covered in BASC's draft response. I am hoping that we can be a position to publish the response next week. As per my update last week most people believe that the proposed statutory guidance will not only fail to address fundamental problems with firearms licensing; the proposed statutory guidance will make things even worse. Some police forces will continue to cherry pick what they wish to follow in the guidance and ignore what they dont wish to follow. As some have pointed out one of the fundamental problems is the wording in the Firearms Act and this has to be tackled – if any set of rules or statutory guidance is to have teeth then the police must be legally required to follow it. But even then that does not address so many other fundamental issues with medical involvement in firearms licensing and all the issues raised by Law Commission and HMIC in 2015. So where do we go from here? A rhetorical question for discussion - would you support a campaign for a fundamental review of firearms law for a new consolidated Firearms Act as the outcome; and for firearms licensing to be taken away from the police and administered by a dedicated body designed solely for that purpose?
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