15 March 2016 – A commenter on UK Shooting News, who describes himself as an “SGC weekender”, has posted an interesting perspective on proposed restrictions on firearms ownership and use.
Posting as “Iain”, he appears to hold a shotgun certificate. His comment opens up a new perspective over much of the fashionable calls for “unity” from certain areas of the target shooting sports.
UK Shooting News attempted to contact “Iain” via the email address he used when posting his comment, asking him whether he’d like to clarify or expand on anything he wrote, but he did not reply.
What follows is his original comment, as posted here on the blog. Iain was commenting on the British police’s proposed gun ban shopping list, parts of which seem to be creeping into the EU gun ban plan.
I only have a SGC, not a FAC, so maybe much of this doesn’t apply to me anyways, and much of it I don’t even understand the references/terminology.
However, from the point of view of a SGC weekender…
My first shotgun was a Winchester SX3 semi-auto, bought cos I loved the non-recoil aspect (ie all the power is used to cycle the next cartridge!). However, 1+2 is plenty, and indeed I only ever shoot 2 anyways, as NO-ONE wants be shooting 3 when they’re only expecting 2… from a one-rule-for-all safety aspect! Looking on the interweb, I can see that I could extend the magazine from 2 to up to 7 (and even more!), but that would invalidate my SGC, and would only really be needed by an American duck shooter who couldn’t hit a barn door at 10 paces!!!
Banning more than 3 shots in a semi-auto??? No probs for me!!! I would only need the +7 extension for shooting ZOMBIES, so I’m not too worried just yet… maybe once TRUMP is in?!
Banning semi-autos altogether? Seems a tad arbitrary, and whilst I now tend to use my o/u shotguns more than the s/a, I know lots of others who prefer their s/a (else ONLY have a s/a), so banning them altogether would be a bit extreme!!!
Banning .50 cal rifles??? Forgive my ignorance, but what the hell do you need a .50 cal for, shooting elephants or rhinos??? Not seen many of those in the UK hills recently… I guess someone, somewhere obvious has one, and has a use for it, but I can’t imagine what… so banning them? No probs…
Air Guns… personally, I have been shot in the head and ankle by Wayne Kerrs with them, so I have no issue with them being licenced on a scaled-down version of a SGC, just as SGC is scaled-down from FAC. A Wayne Kerr with an air gun/rifle can easily maim or kill, so why SHOULDN’T they be licenced?!?!
Mandatory training and testing??? Sounds entirely sensible to me. Wouldn’t have any objection to that!
Entry without warrant??? If the POLICE have reason to believe I have done something stupid, or have threatened someone with the use of my shotgun, then I would entirely expect them to break the door down and take my guns. As a general inspection, I would expect them to just knock, and ask to see my guns, storage, locks, etc – I would NOT expect them to need to make an appointment. As such, my guns are ALWAYS locked away, except when being cleaned, or en route to/from a shoot. If YOU play by the rules, why ould YOU be afraid of PLOD turning up unannounced???
Licensing shotgun cartridges… I always have my SGC with me when I go to a gun shop, so having to show it to purchase them wouldn’t be an issue. WHO has a problem with that???
Abolishing Court Appeals – okay, that’s where they’re overstepping the mark… THAT I do not agree with!!!
But that’s the only thing here that sticks out to me. The rest is just noise. Tidying up some of the licensing? No big deal.
Why all the fuss?!?!?!?!
It seems advocates of “unity” who believe that all shooters are on the same page as themselves have a lot of legwork to do to convince shotgun shooters such as “Iain”, of which UKSN suspects there are quite a lot, that it is in their own interests to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the practical target shooting disciplines and reject proposed bans and restrictions.