Li­cens­ing the law-abid­ing

Sporting Shooter - - Readers’ Letters - Neil Ed­wards

Yet again, this gov­ern­ment has an­nounced its in­ten­tions to re­view the reg­u­la­tion of air ri­fle li­cenc­ing in Eng­land and Wales. The ques­tion is this: are we see­ing the be­gin­ning of the end for law-abid­ing air ri­fle shoot­ers?

We have al­ways been the tar­get for fin­ger point­ing from the po­lice and the gov­ern­ment. Let’s be hon­est, there are bad ap­ples in ev­ery sport and all walks of life, but it should not be taken out on the good, hon­est, law-abid­ing air-ri­fle-own­ing cit­i­zens of Eng­land and Wales who, in fact, have never caused the lo­cal po­lice force any ma­jor prob­lems.

In my opin­ion, the po­lice should stamp down hard with a heavy boot on the real law-break­ing ig­no­ra­muses who are, in the long run, killing our sport. They have no ‘al­ibi’. Over the years we, the real shoot­ing fra­ter­nity, have more than ‘ap­peased’ the wishes of the Home Of­fice and the po­lice force and its ex­ist­ing tight con­trols; the buck should stop here!

If the new leg­is­la­tion is passed, the li­cence fee is £72 for five years, with a re­newal fee of £48.

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