Stick to your guns

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THE re­cent un­pop­u­lar ban on firearms on Sco­trail trains has been al­le­vi­ated by the an­nounce­ment that li­censed firearms are, in fact, al­lowed on the Cale­do­nian Sleeper. BASC had voiced con­cerns that the com­pany’s ban, in­tro­duced af­ter a shotgun was left unat­tended on a train ear­lier this year, would neg­a­tively im­pact the grouse sea­son, with chair­man Peter Glenser point­ing out that field­sports tourism in­jects £155 mil­lion a year into the Scot­tish econ­omy. How­ever, the overnight train—from London Eus­ton to Scot­land via the east coast, to In­ver­ness, Fort Wil­liam and Aberdeen—is sep­a­rately op­er­ated by Serco, whose CEO Ru­pert Soames an­nounced on Twit­ter: ‘Wor­ried about Sco­trail Fireams ban? Re­lax @Cal­sleeper wel­comes re­spon­si­ble cus­tomers with li­censed firearms. #best­way­to­trav­el­north.’ There’s a bit of hoopjump­ing in­volved—pas­sen­gers must first con­tact the sleeper’s ser­vice cen­tre and have a let­ter of au­thor­ity—but the timely news is, in­deed, wel­come.

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