Every rifle club member in the UK is now on a database with terrorists

21 March 2016 – Security services have quietly acquired the details of every single person in the UK with access to firearms and put them on a database with known terrorists, it has emerged.

Hidden away in the middle of the government’s draft Investigatory Powers Bill, a snooper’s charter designed to legalise mass surveillance of innocent law-abiding British residents, was a startling admission dressed up as a case study:

BPD Case Study: Preventing Access to Firearms
The terrorist attacks in Mumbai in 2008 and the more recent shootings in Copenhagen and Paris in 2015, highlight the risk posed from terrorists gaining access to firearms. To help manage the risk of UK based subjects of interest accessing firearms, the intelligence agencies match data about individuals assessed to have access to firearms with records of known terrorists. To achieve this, the security and intelligence agencies acquired the details of all these individuals, even though the majority will not be involved in terrorism and therefore will not be of direct intelligence interest. This allowed the matching to be undertaken at scale and pace, and more comprehensively than individual requests could ever achieve. Completing such activities enabled the intelligence agencies to manage the associated risks to the public.

This can be found on page 34 of the draft bill, which is available via the government website (PDF, 299 pages).

All new members of Home Office approved rifle clubs have their personal details – name, address, telephone number, and so on – transmitted to the police by the club. This data transmission is a condition of clubs securing Home Office approval, which is a legal status that allows non-firearm certificate holders to handle firearms and shoot at club events.

Once that information is received by the police, it is run through the same databases used to vet firearm and shotgun certificate holders: the Police National Computer, local force intelligence databases (such as STORM), the Police National Database (to look up the history of properties associated with that person), and Special Branch’s records.

Police forces typically make no response to applicants or clubs unless a person’s history returns a hit. Although the Home Office’s intent with this system was to allow rifle clubs to work together with police in managing risks associated with new members, in the one case where UK Shooting News’ author was involved as a club secretary, all the Metropolitan Police would say is “we would not grant this person an FAC” despite repeated questioning. It turned out that the prospective member in question had accepted a caution for ABH when he was 18, having been caught up in a mass pub brawl.

There has been no indication until now that these records were ever stored beyond their first use, much less handed over wholesale to the security services for surveillance and bulk processing purposes. Nowhere in the literature given to FAC/SGC holders or rifle clubs is there any indication that data handed over will be used for big data analytics projects, merely the blanket get-out-of-jail-free “policing purposes” disclaimer which every applicant must agree to. There is no oversight of what happens to this personal data once it is in the police’s hands.

As well as rifle club members, FAC, SGC and RFD holders and their servants, the database is likely to include armed forces personnel and reservists, police employees, volunteer cadet instructors, Border Force employees, security services employees, large civilian ships’ crews (signalling equipment is typically licensed as firearms), MoD contractors, some private security firms’ employees, and probably a multitude of other categories as well.

A conservative estimate of the number of people these categories cover suggests the numbers run into the millions – meaning that slightly more than 1 in 65 of the entire UK population is now on a state database alongside known terrorists. Moreover, the existence of a single database with personal details of people who can lay their hands on legal firearms is an instant target for hackers working in concert with organised crime, terrorists or even foreign state actors. The very fact that it exists makes every member of the licensed firearms community less safe and more exposed to criminals and terrorists.

It only takes one transposed row in a database, one partly-corrupted file, or one uninterested data entry clerk making a typing error, to destroy an innocent life forever. This is too much power concentrated in one place and it needs to be destroyed.

Featured image: The GB Palma Rifle Team, 2015. Police, the Home Office and MI5 evidently believe these competitive sportsmen and women are a potential terror threat.

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32 thoughts on “Every rifle club member in the UK is now on a database with terrorists

    1. theUKisGay

      Are you suprised? A few more years and you guys won’t even be allowed to have sharp scissors!! lol you guys are so screwed lol oh man. Good luck getting your balls back from your government!

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  1. DNA Cowboy (@DNA_Cowboy)

    Another of the fine ‘benefits’ of a pluralist ideology along with a militarised police force, 24 hour 7 days a week surveillance and the RRAH Act 2006 which clobbered freedom of speech. Why do liberal progressives feel so guilty that they would fundamentally destroy our freedoms for the sake of mass migration from nations hostile to our way of life?

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  2. Anthony Chappell

    Nobody should be surprised by this . We DON’T live in a democracy, freedom died a long time ago.Are the shooting organisations really fighting this? Probably not . Will there be a mass protest by shooters over this?probably not . I love my country but I really do despise the government and the police with this totalitarian crap they keep pressing on us . It doesn’t help that shooters are their own worst enemy by being to closed down to new comers to the sport and not vocal and unified enough when it’s needed for defence.

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    1. Ron W

      Democracy doesn’t protect freedom, when 51% can vote away the freedom of the other 49% or by legislative tyranny. It’s the reason the founders of the U.S. Constitutional Republic restricted the government to delegated powers and declared the liberties of the people in a Bill of Rights.

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  3. commonly called cosmin

    In my case I am already on domestic extremist database for being outspoken and believing in a right to bear arms. Police tried to revoke my certificate a few years ago because of this, so I guess it was only a matter of time until all of you were added to the list.

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    1. icedhazelnutblog

      Yes, but here in the US, there are several established pro Second Amendment/arms groups and many many new liberty organizations rising up to defeat this tyranny because the people here are waking up. The US Supreme Court just overturned a Massachusetts State Supreme Court decision saying that a women indeed had a right to a stun gun and be able to use it outside her home. She was homeless and arrested for possession of a stun gun (illegal in MA) she acquired from a friend to protect herself from a physically abusive ex. She appealed to the US Supreme Court and the US Supreme court stated that the stun gun is defensive in nature and is encompassed in the term “arms”…. http://www.comm2a.org/index.php/55-projects/215-caetano. The important point here is not the stun gun per se, but the fact that the Court is upholding the Second Amendment.

      There are more and more opinions coming down from the US Supreme Court upholding the meaning and scope of the Second Amendment of our Bill of Rights ( which protects the inalienable right of self defense in protecting the right to keep and bear arms for use against any who would harm us including our government). In our Constitutional Republic, the US government gets is authority from the citizens, it is our servant; not the other way around.

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  4. Katja Triebel

    When I researched EU gun control I found this:

    Arquebus Solutions is partner of the research project EFFECT, funded with almost 600.000€ by the EU DG Home Affair. This company earns money by identifying misused weapons with ballistics. Arquebus was founded in 2012 by former senior members of the United Kingdom’s National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS). NABIS was implemented in 2008 and is credited with contributing to a 45% reduction in firearms related crimes over a 5-year period. (Note: I doubt that the reduction is notably caused by NABIS as we have had a global reduction in gun crime.) Arquebus advertises with “Legal Test Fires”. (Note: this looks like mandatory ballistic test for all licit guns.)

    Arquebus Solutions’ partner, the Wynyard Group, is a company which sells an advanced crime analytics software. They want to connect the national gun registers and the ballistic database of Arquebus/NABIS to indentify “persons of interests”. They advertise with 245,000 firearms-related homicides worldwide (excluding war-torn countries). (Note: EU has 800 firearms-related homicides per year, most of them committed with illicit firearms; in the gun registers licit owners are registered; all “lonesome wolves” who made terrorist attacks were known already as “persons of interest” by the police).

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  5. David Bickenson

    Slowly slowly catchee monkey!
    Security is not a democratic issue – it’s a totalitarian thing. Hitler disarmed the population before creating Nazi Germany. We do not face the threat of a dictator, yet, but our dictator will soon be the police force who, as usual, go after the most law abiding – shooters – because they can do nothing about gun owning crims and terrorists.
    It won’t be long before the ACPO convince government that having a million legitimate gun owning citizens is bad for security. Then watch your guns disappear overnight!
    Sigh.

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  6. Frank in Spokane

    This is what happens when gun ownership is viewed as a state-granted privilege to own and use sporting goods, rather than as the natural right to keep and bear arms.

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  7. nmind

    Wait until some low paid lackey at HQ accidentally merge this database with the no fly database. None of you will be able go on holiday ever again. Much like that 6 year old stuck on the list.

    Bureaucracy, outsourcing to the cheapest provider and totalitarianism is a horrible mix.

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  8. martin scrivens

    Given the pond life that soils Parliament these days it’s hardly surprising.

    You have a choice of Dave or Jeremy in the UK and Donald or Hillary in the US.

    Still, at least we’re not being investigated for “Nick’s” latest fantasies.

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  9. Dawn

    I believe every UK and US citizen should be armed and able/trained to defend themselves. Our LE cannot defend everyone. It is up to us to defend ourselves.

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  10. Stop grumbling

    As a FAC holder I really don’t see the problem with this. It’s good to see the police and government taking some action against the terrible terrorist attacks seen recently in Turkey, Nigeria, Paris and Brussels and I for one am pleased to see something is being done about it, even if they have perhaps not done the quick fixes first (ie listen to information from governments in the Middle East!)

    I think everyone complaining needs to take their fingers out their arses and think how they would feel if it was the attacks had taken place in London/Birmingham/Edinburgh (which they will be soon unless more is done)

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    1. martin scrivens

      Let’s hope that they Don t accidentally mix you up with a terrorist on their wonderful combined database, otherwise your are may be a little sore after a strip search.

      Very surprised that you cannot see the obvious risk.

      The next stage is for the usual suspects to state that as we are on the same database as terrorists we are terrorists.

      Some of us remember the aftermath of Hungerford and Dunblane

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    2. Some Random Chap

      None of these attacks took place using legally acquired firearms and ammunition. This move will not prevent attacks or do anything to protect the public. Merely owning or having access to firearms does not make one a terrorist suspect.

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  11. Ash

    Oh no, what will we do if everyone licensed to drive was held on one database?! The police will know who owns what car and if that car is kept properly. They may even be able to trace the owner of a car if it used in a crime!

    I’m guessing that those concerned about a mixup in a database and that this information will be stored on a database of terrorist suspects don’t actually know how databases work. If you are a responsible gun owner and not a criminal or terrorist then you have nothing to worry about.

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    1. Some Random Chap

      If everyone who had a driver’s license was on a database as ‘suspected terrorist/criminal’ just because they had a driver’s license, I would be just as concerned.

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  12. TIM

    Might I suggest that some folks start doing net searches for “home affairs select committee” and do some serious reading. Some very “illuminating” comments within that may change your minds reference the ultimate aims.
    And no I am not a conspiracy theorist, I do not even live fire any more, merely disgusted at the conduct and actions from those above. Especially when they take no notice of their own reports stating that their past actions have been entirely counter productive.

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  13. Nicholas Harman

    “Every rifle club member in the UK is now on a database with terrorists”

    It’s a rather loaded (sic) way of putting it. I’d not worry, no one is saying being a member of a rifle club means getting regarded as a terrorist.

    Obviously we are all on a list, and quite right too. We have access to firearms after all.

    But I can’t see terrorists joining a club to get access to a firearm. There are, I am sure, far better and faster illegal ways to do so if one is that way inclined

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