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.
10 Oct 2017 – Conservative MP Nick Hurd, Home Office minister for policing, has announced that the government is going to “review the regulation” of air guns in England and Wales.
3 Oct 2017 – Why is it that British firearms laws generally work well at keeping firearms out of the hands of criminals and madmen, while our English-speaking cousins across the Pond have so many problems with spree murderers?
25 May 2017 – A man accused of breaching the safe storage conditions on his firearm certificate has pleaded guilty at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.
5 May 2017 – The new UKSN website is a (very!) slow work in progress at the moment. Once it’s good enough, I’ll need people to help me test it out.
What I will do is keep the new site entirely for premium, subscription-only UKSN news. The occasional free snippet will still go on up on here in the meantime.
If you’d be interested in helping test the paywalled site once I finish putting it together, please comment below or email me – details are on the contact page linked above.
On the offchance any web developers read this, ahem, I think you can guess what comes next…!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.