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Conor O'Gorman

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

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  1. The article was in Sporting Gun, and they have also published Q&A articles with BASC on the lead restriction proposals in their July and August issues. Copies of both articles are available to read online using the weblinks below: Sporting Gun July https://www.shootinguk.co.uk/answers/shooting-answers/burning-questions-about-the-end-of-lead-shot-132223 Sporting Gun August https://www.shootinguk.co.uk/guns/ammunition/basc-some-tricky-questions-lead-133733
  2. Thousands of Scouts and Guides were introduced to clay pigeon shooting by BASC at this year’s Poacher Jamboree. More than 4,800 10 to 17-year-olds took part in have-a-go sessions over the eight day event at the Lincolnshire Showground. Under the supervision of a dozen BASC shotgun coaches, each participant was given a gun fitting and safety briefing before attempting to hit their first clay. As part of the initiative – co-ordinated by BASC’s training and education team – a number of Scout leaders also attended a BASC Shotgun Coach Award Foundation Day. For more information click the weblink below. https://basc.org.uk/thousands-introduced-to-clay-pigeon-shooting/
  3. As the campaign to elect a new Prime Minister gathers pace, BASC's Christopher Graffius takes a closer look at each of the candidates and what it means for shooting. Click the weblink below to read the article. https://basc.org.uk/if-youre-conservative-shoot-and-have-a-vote-read-this/
  4. Yes, that is correct. The restrictions the Health and Safety Executive have proposed for lead airgun pellets for target shooting and live quarry shooting are not evidenced-based and BASC will fight the ban. More information in the following article in Airgun Shooter: https://www.shootinguk.co.uk/news/lead-pellet-ban-basc-to-fight-lead-airgun-pellet-ban-proposals-133283
  5. The Home Office has launched a digital marker for firearm and shotgun certificate holders’ medical notes in England: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/strengthened-controls-to-protect-the-public-from-medically-unfit-gun-holders BASC's response: https://basc.org.uk/basc-responds-to-home-offices-digital-medical-marker/
  6. The failure of firearms licensing departments to prioritise resources is having a significant impact on the participation of shooting sports and the gun trade in England and Wales. Dozens of firearms licensing departments across the two countries are beset with significant delays and backlogs. We are aware of 18 police forces that are taking more than 100 days to turn around applications, with some accepting that it can take up to a year to process. One applicant was recently told a certificate would take two and a half years to be granted. Home Office statistics released annually have shown an eight per cent decrease in certificate holders in England and Wales over the past two years. The statistics showed that as of 31 March 2022, there were 539,212 people in England and Wales who held a firearms and/or a shotgun certificate. Down from 586,351 on 31 March 2020. A total reduction of 47,139 certificate holders. There are some departments that are correctly resourced and providing a satisfactory service, but this drop in the number of certificate holders is predominantly down to the failures of the rest. BASC is calling on the Chief Constables and Police and Crime Commissioners of those forces to act immediately. We shall also be taking our concerns to the new Minister for Policing. More information here: https://basc.org.uk/firearms-licensing-failures-are-impeding-the-shooting-sector/
  7. BASC has published some more detail on its position on the Health and Safety Executive proposals to restrict the use of lead ammunition for outdoor recreational shooting in England, Wales and Scotland under the UK REACH regulations. In summary: Lead rifle ammunition and lead shot for live quarry shooting Restrictions must be evidence-based and proportionate to the risk. Lead rifle ammunition and lead shot for target shooting Opposed to restriction proposals. Lead airgun pellets for live quarry and target shooting Opposed to restriction proposals. More details here: https://basc.org.uk/basc-position-uk-reach-lead-ammunition-restriction-proposals/
  8. BASC has not called for a lead ban and BASC is challenging the proposals. BASC has been publishing regular updates on the lead ammunition review under post-Brexit UK REACH regulations since last year. BASC has been fighting lead ammunition bans since they were first proposed in a 1983 Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution report. The European Chemicals Agency has been reviewing the use of lead ammunition since 2011 and BASC has been supporting the European Federation of Hunting Associations (FACE) in fighting these proposals. The latest update on that is here: https://basc.org.uk/maladministration-ruling-on-eu-lead-restriction-consultation/ In 2016, after a lengthy campaign by BASC and other shooting organisations , the UK government rejected proposals for a lead ban, , with the Secretary of State noting that the findings of the Lead Ammunition Group did not show the impacts of lead ammunition were significant enough to justify changing government policy. More information and FAQs on the Health and Safety Executive lead restriction proposals is here: https://basc.org.uk/lead/
  9. The Department of Agriculture Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) is asking for views on the Northern Ireland general licences for the killing and taking of pest birds in a public consultation running from 26 May to 21 July 2022. BASC Northern Ireland urges members, non-members, farmers - and anyone else that uses the general licences to control pest birds - to complete the online survey. You will be asked for your views on whether various species of birds should be on the general licences. You can make comments and share your experience and you will also be asked questions on the terms and conditions of the general licences. You do not need to answer every question to complete the survey. The general licences currently do not permit the killing or taking of pest birds on Sunday or at night. Question 45 can be used to request that these restrictions be removed. More information on the following webpage: https://basc.org.uk/gl/nire/
  10. The European Ombudsman has recognised a case of maladministration by the European Food Safety Authority regarding its failure to provide key documents in a timely manner during last year’s public consultation on EU lead ammunition restriction proposals.The ruling was made following a complaint by the European Federation for Hunting and Conservation (FACE), supported by BASC, to the ombudsman that the European Food Safety Authority did not supply key evidence on lead concentrations in game meat.This unseen data had been used to justify some aspects of the lead ammunition restriction proposals and it took over 8 months for the evidence to be provided to FACE. This was long after the consultation closed and when carefully checked, several issues were identified, which because of the time-lag could not be flagged in the consultation.Following this ruling FACE is calling for the public consultation to be re-opened to ensure the process is undertaken again to ensure fair play.More info from FACE: https://www.face.eu/2022/05/can-we-reach-fair-play-in-the-eus-approach-to-restricting-ammunition/ So, what does that mean for the future use of lead ammunition in the UK? Firstly, this development is directly relevant to Northern Ireland because under the NI protocol decisions taken by the EU in relation to lead ammunition could take effect in NI. If last year’s public consultation under the EU REACH regulations were re-opened that could mean at least a year’s delay in the restriction process. Secondly, with regard to proposed lead ammunition restrictions for England, Wales and Scotland currently being consulted on under UK REACH regulations, this underlines the need for due process to be followed utilising existing peer-reviewed research.
  11. The Health and Safety Executive is the lead agency under the post-Brexit UK REACH regulations. UK REACH is a regulation that applies to the majority of chemical substances that are manufactured in or imported into England, Wales and Scotland. More information on UK REACH here: https://www.hse.gov.uk/reach/about.htm See the list of consultations under UK REACH (including lead ammunition) here: https://consultations.hse.gov.uk/
  12. Thanks @Smudger687 The strategic decision for the shooting organisations to encourage a voluntary transition away from lead shot and single use plastics in shotgun cartridges for live quarry shooting is explained here: https://basc.org.uk/a-joint-statement-on-the-future-of-shotgun-ammunition-for-live-quarry-shooting/ And the latest update is here: https://basc.org.uk/the-lead-shot-transition-solid-progress-on-the-ground/ The evidence has been analysed by scientists at GWCT and continues to be analysed. It's here: https://www.gwct.org.uk/advisory/lead-ammunition/ The restriction proposals announced last week go too far, we have been clear about that, and we will challenge them in our response and there will be updates on that. We have also been clear that if after this consultation and others to come that we are not happy with the findings and recommendations that are submitted to the secretary of state, that we will challenge that. A summary timeline of events so far: BASC has been fighting lead ammunition bans since they were first proposed in a 1983 Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution report. The European Chemicals Agency has been reviewing the use of lead ammunition since 2011 and BASC has been supporting the European Federation of Hunting Associations (FACE) in fighting these proposals. In 2016, after a lengthy campaign by BASC and other shooting organisations , the UK government rejected proposals for a lead ban, , with the Secretary of State noting that the findings of the Lead Ammunition Group did not show the impacts of lead ammunition were significant enough to justify changing government policy. In 2021, proposals to ban lead ammunition in the European Union were published under EU REACH along similar lines to what has recently been proposed by the Health and Safety Executive under UK REACH for England, Wales and Scotland. BASC is working with FACE to challenge the EU REACH proposals and working with UK shooting organisations to challenge the UK REACH proposals. Further details around this are in the updates and FAQs on BASC's website here: www.basc.org.uk/lead/
  13. Thanks @PeterHenry for the comment and email on home loading and @Old farrierfor the comment on proofing - we may add a FAQ on that. We will continue to update our advice and FAQs on the restriction proposals consultation based on queries and suggestions that come to our attention. https://basc.org.uk/lead/
  14. Today BASC has published a list of FAQs about the Health and Safety Executive proposals to restrict lead ammunition in England, Wales and Scotland. Click the weblink below for the FAQs and other updates. www.basc.org.uk/lead/ In summary what is proposed is as follows: ban on the sale of lead shot ban on the use of all types of lead ammunition for live quarry shooting including lead shot, shotgun slugs, lead bullets and airgun pellets ban on the use of lead shot for outdoor target shooting with possible exemptions for licensed athletes at licensed ranges with appropriate environmental protection measures ban on the use of lead bullets and airgun pellets for outdoor target shooting with possible exemptions for shooting at licensed ranges with appropriate environmental protection measures mandatory labelling of the packaging of lead ammunition regarding the hazards and risks of lead. The proposed transition periods for the above restrictions to take effect would vary from 18 months to five years. Buy-back schemes for lead shot cartridges and rifle ammunition have been proposed. The FAQs are a first draft and further updates will follow so if you think anything is missing or needs better explanation on the proposals please comment below, DM or email me at conor.ogorman@basc.org.uk
  15. In summary what's being proposed is: ban on the sale of lead shot ban on the use of all types of lead ammunition for live quarry shooting including lead shot, shotgun slugs, lead bullets and airgun pellets ban on the use of lead shot for outdoor target shooting with possible derogations for licensed athletes at licensed ranges with appropriate environmental protection measures ban on the use of lead bullets for outdoor target shooting with possible derogations for shooting at licensed ranges with appropriate environmental protection measures mandatory labelling of the packaging of lead ammunition regarding the hazards and risks of lead. Proposed transition periods for the above restrictions to take effect would vary from 18 months to five years. Buy-back schemes for lead shot cartridges and rifle ammunition have been proposed. More info available from the web-links below: https://basc.org.uk/basc-statement-in-response-to-uk-reach-lead-proposals/ https://basc.org.uk/lead-ammunition-restriction-proposals-what-happens-next/
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