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BASC campaign against age restrictions for airgun use

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BASC has launched a campaign to raise awareness and lobby against a Home Office proposal that will see 14 to 17 year-olds lose the ability to use airguns unsupervised on private premises. 

The proposal within the Home Office’s firearms safety consultation will remove this vital exception within the law in a move that will impact thousands of young shots. 

The proposal will see teenagers only being able to undertake pest control or target practice when in the presence of someone over the age of 21. 

For more information and to get involved visit the following webpage:

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The proposal to restrict the use of airguns for 14-17-year-olds does not appear to be evidence-led.

The answer to the written question below, tabled by Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP (chair of BASC’s Shooting and Conservation All Party Parliamentary Group), appears to confirm that the proposal is not evidence-led.

Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, Conservative, The Cotswolds Commons.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many breaches of the law have occurred as a result of a person between the ages of 14 and 17 using an airgun unsupervised on private land with the permission of the owner over the last 14 years.
Kit Malthouse, Conservative, North West Hampshire Commons.
The requested information is not held centrally.
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The Home Office online survey closes on 16 February 2021 so do make sure you have your say on at least this issue even if you have nothing to say on the other proposals. Please answer “strongly disagree” as your multiple choice answer to Q.6 in the survey.
Click on link below to complete the 5 minutes survey:


Links below for info on how BASC has been working with the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs to raise wider awareness.
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