11 Sep 18 – The Offensive Weapons Bill, which seeks to ban any rifle capable of generating over 13,600J muzzle energy and self-unloading rifles, plus a host of hostile amendments that would ban handloading and associated activities, is going through Parliament this morning.
The live stream is here on the Parliament website. The list of proposed amendments is here, also on the Parliament website. You need to read along with those to understand the live stream. Note the links to move to the next page at the bottom.
MPs on the committee are all anti-shooting. It appears that the licensed firearms community has not only failed to make a single friend on the committee (a small group of MPs appointed to nod through the Bill) but has also not influenced any other MPs in positions of influence so far.
The Bill is currently at committee stage in the Commons. It must go through its report stage and third reading before starting its journey through the Lords, which is mainly dominated by left-wingers promoted during the Labour years.
20 Dec 2017 – post temporarily deleted, apparently the NLRC just accepted the NRA’s latest rent offer while I was writing this.
18 Dec 17 – UKSN’s author has come across an illuminating blog post from a firearms barrister; the sort of lawyer who you absolutely wouldn’t want to have fighting your corner in a dispute with the State.
9 Dec 17 – Don’t forget to tell the government not to ban MARS and 50-calibre rifles. UKSN’s author has just sent in his response to the public consultation, which ends today.
You can send yours to firstname.lastname@example.org. More info on the NRA website.
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?