Licensing the law-abiding
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.