10 Oct 2017 – The government’s plan to ban ‘rapid fire’ firearms means a ban on Manually Activated Release System (MARS) actioned rifles, according to BASC.
The British Association for Shooting and Conservation sent a representative to meet the Home Office last Friday to seek clarity on the .50″ and MARS gun ban plans.
BASC says it is opposed to these plans, with its redoubtable director of firearms, Bill Harriman, saying: “BASC is opposed the Home Office proposal to prohibit the ownership of .50 cal rifles and those rifles based on the Manually Activated Release System on the grounds that it is not evidence-based as well as being contrary to the principles of better regulation.”
“The firearms now under consideration can only be used for target shooting on properly constructed firing ranges. Furthermore, they have no history of use in armed crime.”
Target shooters, despite being directly affected by this latest gun ban plan, largely do not care and even support the bans, going by internet forum chatter. While not a completely reliable barometer of public opinion, forums are a useful thermometer for judging how the licensed firearms community sees current issues.
The EU gun ban will come into force in the UK in early 2019.