New law will abolish free rifle club FACs and variations

14 June 2016 – Home Office papers reveal that rifle clubs across the country will be poorer by £123,000 as it moves to abolish their free firearm certificates and variations.

The free FAC scheme for clubs is a symbol that the government recognises and supports the sport of target shooting.

Anti-shooting voices have loudly demanded that the ‘subsidy’ given to shooting is stopped, while conveniently forgetting that the police and the Home Office are already funded through general taxation – the money creamed off your wages by the taxman.

Its abolition will not only saddle clubs with a large financial burden – each FAC variation costs £20 and grants cost £88, sums set to increase later this year – but also symbolises how the current government is slowly turning its back on the shooting sports in favour of symbolic gestures to appease the malevolent and ill-informed.

An impact statement for the Policing and Crime Bill 2016, released today, reveals:

On this basis, assuming fees were set at full cost recovery level, we estimate a cost to section 5 firearms dealers of £371,000 per year; a cost to section 5 firearms carriers of £122,000 per year; a cost to Private Maritime Security Companies of £40,000 per year; a cost to Olympic shooters of £3,400 per year; a cost to ‘trophy of war’ finders of £1,500 per year; a cost to museums of £35,000 per year; and a cost to shooting clubs of £123,000 per year.

The turnover of the shooting sports alone was reckoned to be £2bn, in a BASC-funded study carried out in 2014. The cumulative cost of this move to impose extra fees on the licensed firearms community and industry is £695.9m, or 34 per cent of our total contribution to UK GDP.

There is no opposition at present in Parliament to any of these measures.

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5 thoughts on “New law will abolish free rifle club FACs and variations

  1. Nick B

    Hmmm, that circa 700 million pound figure still looks a little fishy – if there were 2 million certificate holders and RFDs etc – then at 88 quid per every 5 years we’re still only at 176 million. Even accepting RFD’s pay 500 per 3 years (is it 3?) then it doesn’t skew the figures much to get near that 700 mill. Do we have a link to the BASC document? (goes to google it for meself)

    I’ve been wondering of late if the attacks on our sport are for reasons that the politicians can’t / won’t state.

    In that they are extremely worried about individuals of certain political and religious beliefs gaining legal access to firearms and then committing an atrocity with the same. Of course – no politician can actually say this (well maybe Farage could) and so we end up where we’re at.

    Of course these fee increases have nothing to do with keeping the ne’er do wells away.

    IF the Home Office / Police could get their acts together and actually improve the efficiency of the system – then all to the good. Though in my recent experience – taking on my clubs FAC took 26 weeks from start to finish, though things got a goodly amount faster when I informed them that I’d be raising a complaint with professional standards if we didn’t get going.

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  2. Andy J

    “In that they are extremely worried about individuals of certain political and religious beliefs gaining legal access to firearms”

    The un-spoken background to the 1989 SLR and the 1997 small firearm / pistol bans. The incidents just provided the excuse and public acceptance. It would only take something like Orlando and we will lose everything.

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  3. Robert Sandison

    Its clear polititians [ who are guarded by men with guns ] see the private ownership of guns as undesirable They seem to have decided to get rid of them by a policy of death by a thousand cuts .

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