19 April 2017 – The Metropolitan Police appears to have handed the full names and home addresses of every FAC and SGC holder to a marketing agency promoting the commercial Smartwater property marking and tracing product.
I am investigating this with my day job hat on. If you have received one of these leaflets and are concerned about the implications of your details having been sold on to a commercial third party by police – contrary to what Firearms Form 201 says, on page 7, in the data protection statement – please contact me at work: email@example.com
Smartwater is basically invisible ink. You mark your property with it and if it is stolen, and later recovered, police can read off who owns it using UV light.
I am considering resurrecting UKSN as a subscription service. Perhaps as a print newsletter posted to your very front door, or perhaps as a monthly email newsletter.
I’ve done it for free up until now but that was on the basis that it was a spare time thing. Time is money.
Thoughts and observations welcome in the comments section, particularly if you’d be interested in signing up for it.
Posted barely an hour after an apparent madman drove his car through pedestrians on London’s Westminster Bridge, resulting in the death of at least one by the time of writing, and a knife attack on an armed policeman which resulted in the attacker’s death. It is thought the knifeman was also the car driver.
Rifle clubs have just over 24 hours left to formally object to the government’s plans to hike Home Office Approval fees by more than a thousand pounds.
24 Jan 2017 – Users of a shooting forum have been commenting upon the £1,000 fee hike proposed by the Home Office, and the attitudes on display reveal how pistol shooting was banned in 1997.
22 Jan 2017 – Target shooting faces an existential threat from a planned £1,000 hike in Home Office Approval fees – and the NRA has said nothing about it after 10 days.
13 Jan 2017 – A new government consultation reveals that the Home Office wants to destroy the sport of target shooting by punishing rifle clubs with £1,000 increases in approval fees.