News 15 Jan 2021 to 1 Feb 2021

Legislative Update for January 2021

posted 1 Feb 2021, 17:01 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 1 Feb 2021, 17:01 ]

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Re. use of Lead in ammunition and over wetlands

posted 31 Jan 2021, 14:23 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 31 Jan 2021, 20:49 ]

Dear Members

Further to my post of 6th January please see the following communication from FACE Brussels, whose initial analysis is that while the EU Lead in Wetlands Regulation will not apply in Great Britain, it will apply in Northern Ireland.

BSSC is currently attempting to have this confirmed by DEFRA, but the opinion from FACE seems clear enough. This also has implications for the Annex XV process for a total ban on lead in all ammunition which is about to kick off in Brussels.

The ECHA promised report is due in February and we will advise details as soon as available. Of course whilst reference is made to a total lead ban, as previously mentioned we have requested exemptions and given detailed explanations, especially in relation to historic arms and ranges, both in the consultation and direct with ECHA, and we await to see what we may have achieved . Indoor ranges are outside of ECHA’s remit although that may not affect the view of future use of lead by the EU.

Best wishes

Derek Stimpson

Dear FACE UK colleagues,

Please note the lead shot wetlands/restriction has been published in the official EU journal:

It will come into force in 20 days, and the application of the Regulation for EEA countries starts after 24 months (so in February 2023).

Please note an unforeseen development: Our initial analysis confirms that the REACH Regulation continues to apply to Northern Ireland. This is because Art 5.4 of the ‘Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland’ included in the EU-UK agreement stipulates that the ‘provisions of Union law listed in Annex 2 to this Protocol shall also apply, under the conditions set out in that Annex, to and in the United Kingdom in respect of Northern Ireland’ (emphasis added). Point 23 of Annex 2 includes REACH.

This will result in a change of the rules for game (and clay) shooters in Northern Ireland (e.g. see this article), and not just for lead shot over wetlands, but also for the future total lead ban, which will kick-off next week when ECHA’s proposal is published (due to come into law in approx. 3 years most likely with various transition periods).



posted 30 Jan 2021, 12:31 by Tony Cattermole

Dear all
In order to amplify recent posts, answer questions, and repeat appropriate links I hope that the following will help:-
The link to the latest Statutory Instrument is repeated here: –
This has been passed by Parliament (both Houses) and awaits signature by the Minister.
We await news from the Home Office regarding the signature date confirming the new law and the transition period details. As soon as we know these, members will be informed.
If you are not familiar with the Home Office Guide on Firearms Licensing Law – see link.
Chapter 9 deals with Sect 7 Historic Pistols and Chapter 8 Antiques.
You may find those helpful, especially 9, if you are not familiar with them.
My earlier posts on the website and forum set out the history of this issue starting with the Law Commission review in 2015.
The following may be of assistance.
When transferred to FAC as a Sect 1 item, an ex 58(2) may only be possessed (as described in Sect 126 of the Policing and Crime Act 2017).
It will require you to have your own Sect 5 RFD to sell it. That is why Sect 7 is the best alternative as the Sect 7 rules allow more flexibility. The Sect 7.1 option will likely apply to most pistols affected.
Any longarm chambered in the cartridges removed from the list will be Sect 1 and we understand can be added to an FAC and handled as such.
For the seven revolver models involved you do not have to prove good reason to put them on FAC – they will also be a collection.
However you will have to comply with all the other arrangements and security as required for an FAC item.
If you have these 58(2)s to deal with then you must apply for an FAC or variation during the transition period, as mentioned, yet to be confirmed. Once you have done so you will be deemed to have complied even if the issue of your documents goes beyond the transition period.
You may also sell these items as a 58(2) during the transition period. Of course if you wish to sell one of the Sect 58(2) items now you may do so.
Once the Law is in place, those of you who have rifles chambered for the cartridges added to the Obsolete List (see list in earlier post) which you no longer wish to shoot, you may dispose of any ammunition you possess and tell the police that you wish the rifle(s) removed from your FAC as you will hold them under Sect 58(2.).
I hope that this is helpful. Please contact me by email if you have specific questions.
To repeat what I wrote in an earlier post – the pressures on the law abiding collecting and shooting community, both in modern society and from officialdom have never been greater. Our mission of preserving heritage remains of great importance.
Best wishes
Derek Stimpson


Government consultation on Firearms safety – guidance

posted 24 Jan 2021, 21:27 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 24 Jan 2021, 21:28 ]

As promised here is a short guide to assist members on-line responses. The other document, prepared with BSSC, sets out the various points from which members may compose their own text in the 250 word text boxes in each section.
This will ensure differences between individual responses and from our detailed HBSA email response.
Thank you in advance to those who respond.
Derek Stimpson


Northern Shooting Show – Sat 8th & Sun 9th May 2021 – Postponed

posted 22 Jan 2021, 11:22 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 22 Jan 2021, 11:22 ]

We have just received this message from the organisers:

After consultation with the venue and the local authority we have taken the decision to cancel this May’s show until next year, Sat 7th & Sun 8th May 2022.
It has obviously been a very difficult decision to make as the will from visitors and exhibitors is certainly there to put this year’s show on. Unfortunately, the current landscape is far too uncertain to make sure proper measures and protocols are in place to guarantee the safety of all our visitors and exhibitors with a show of our size.
Like all storms – they run out of rain, and we look forward to getting through these testing times and continuing to produce a show everyone is proud of.
If you already hold a ticket it will remain valid for the 2022 show and attendees will be able to use it to secure a discount on the following years entrance price.
Please follow us on social media for regular updates.
Look forward to seeing you in 2022. New dates are Sat 7th and Sun 8th May 2022
Northern Shooting Show team 


Firearms Security Handbook 2020

posted 21 Jan 2021, 17:19 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 21 Jan 2021, 17:19 ]

After considerable delay, the revised 2020 version of the Firearms Security Handbook has at last been uploaded to the GOV.UK website and is now showing. This incorporates the changes to the 2019 version last posted, that were agreed last year with NPCC through BSSC. Both the 2020 and previous version now mention Sect 7. The new version is at :-
Derek Stimpson



posted 21 Jan 2021, 14:37 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 21 Jan 2021, 14:38 ]

Members are aware of this pending issue. I will send a short version for members guidance as soon as time permits, but in ample time for members to respond on line.
Meanwhile members may be interested to see the latest detailed BASC response to the Government Consultation released and submitted yesterday and which can be found here:-
This is now much amplified and includes a great deal more detail. It is thus a response that was submitted by email rather than “on-line”.
As a model it is useful although it contains much more than an individual might submit in his own words on-line.
HBSA as an Association will submit an email response covering similar ground (as will BSSC). In addition to BSSC we are also in liaison with FCSA and NSRA as particular stakeholders. However as mentioned earlier I will post a shorter guide reference version soon to assist with individual responses.
It is vital that we protect use of air guns by young people being the main entry for most into shooting.
You will see that Q14 and Q15 have been answered conditionally. Whether any new offence is needed remains to be seen but at very least the two conditions should apply.
Derek Stimpson


Update – Government Firearms Consultation

posted 19 Jan 2021, 14:58 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 19 Jan 2021, 14:58 ]

Dear Members
As you are aware we are in discussion on the responses at present and I advised that we would provide a broad guide to answering the questions.
Meanwhile a short guide was published last week by BASC which provides answers to the numbered questions but with limited text.
Whilst most of the answers are reasonable they do need an additional text comment in the text box and we are working on that. We are in touch with the  with FCSA, NSRA, and BSSC to co-ordinate intent of answers. BASC is expected to release a wider document very shortly.
However there is some concern about the suggested BASC answers to Q 14 and Q 15. We do not believe that it is necessary to create any new offence since the existing law is sufficient. This would mean a disagree answer to Q 14. However a more detailed text answer to Q15 is needed. There is also the issue of Section 2 ammunition which is not controlled on Certificate.
We have raised these points and I will report back. We also await a legal opinion.
There is no need for members to rush off their responses as we have time until mid February.
Derek Stimpson


Postponement of the British Shooting Show 2021

posted 15 Jan 2021, 17:13 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 15 Jan 2021, 17:14 ]

We have just received this message from the organisers of the British Shooting Show
Acting responsibly for our industry
January has not been the start one would have wished for! The past few weeks have been very difficult and I would like to thank the industry for their complete support with regards to my decision to postpone the British Shooting Show 2021.
Hosting the UK’s largest trade and retail event in this current climate could be detrimental to our industry as a whole. It could be miscommunicated as our industry being irresponsible in the midst of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. If we all work together during 2021 to continue to follow restrictions and wait for the vaccine to be rolled out to the population. It’s the sacrifice that we all make now, that will allow us to enjoy events once again in 2022.
We look forward to welcoming you back to our events in 2022!


Home Office firearms safety consultation

posted 15 Jan 2021, 16:13 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 15 Jan 2021, 16:13 ]

Dear members

As I have reported to members we will be responding to the above as an Association. We have been liaising with BSSC, BASC, NRSA and FCSA to arrive at co-ordinated answers.

BASC have put a guide to answers on their website which can be seen here. These answers have been agreed across the associations and we suggest are followed by HBSA members.

However in the text boxes we will be expanding the comments in our answer (in liaison with NSRA in this case) to cover specific elements such as ammunition purchase and handling for miniature rifle clubs in order to facilitate bulk purchase and use in the club such as is currently used by clubs. It is likely that the owner/operator will need to apply for a personal FAC which will cover background checks etc. although it may not have firearms on it. They may be on the Club FAC.

Regarding ammunition components we believe that an FAC holder should not be affected as they can legitimately hold all the components which is of course recognised. The pivotal words are “unauthorised” and “all the components” An FAC holder can acquire primers and powder which are controlled. A non FAC holder might acquire for example cases and bullets which happen to be available with a view to applying for a FAC in the near future but could not legally hold all four components.

If you have doubts or questions please do not hesitate to get in touch

Derek Stimpson



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