New fees are being introduced from 1st October 2019 under reserved firearms legislation, with the intention of ‘recovering costs to the Home Office’ and will apply across Great Britain.
The following is guidance that has come our way issued by DCMS regarding provisions for Brexit and is directly copied from this statement to ensure it’s accuracy:
DCMS sport team has also compiled a non-exhaustive list of links to some of the most relevant guidance for sports organisations, based on discussions with the sector over previous months. Some of this guidance has been recently updated, so they would suggest taking another look if you haven’t accessed the links for some time.
In August, Canada hosted the 150th Quebec Rifle Association Meeting at CFB Valcartier Ranges in Quebec City and the annual DCRA National Championships at CFB Connaught Ranges near Ottawa. Angus McLeod and Claire Halleran shot at the DCRA meeting, and Lindsay Peden shot both in Quebec and Ottawa, all of them with individual successes.
The introduction of statutory guidance is designed to improve consistency across the UK in police firearms licensing. The draft guidance sets out the checks that should be made, the weight to be given to the evidence and the factors that need to be taken into account. The consultation started on 23rd July and will remain open for eight weeks, finishing on 17 September 2019.
Birmingham 2022 organisers and the CGF Executive Board have announced the additional sports selected for the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, and shooting sports have not been included with both target shooting and archery missing out. Instead, the optional sports of Beach Volleyball, Women's Cricket and Para Table Tennis have been added.
STS is delighted to confirm the appointment of Jennifer Ross to the STS staffing team in the role of Performance & Pathways Manager. Jennifer previously carried out the role on a contracted basis but with support from sportscotland secured for the next 2 years, STS made this an employed position and is delighted to confirm Jennifer’s appointment to continue the good work already underway.
At the start of the month, STS announced that it will be holding it’s first Coaching Conference on Saturday 25 May. bringing shooting specific topics and discussion opportunities to coaches in the sport. Following feedback from the shooting community and further reflection, it has been decided that this event should be postponed.
The 2019 STS AGM will take place at 12.15 on Saturday 27th April at Caledonia House, 1 Redheughs Rigg, Edinburgh, EH12 9DQ with a session from Police Scotland beforehand. Included below is the form for members to state if they can attend on the day, submit questions for Police Scotland and submit a Proxy Vote if they are unable to attend.
Scottish Target Shooting is sad to announce that current Chair, Angus Loudon (pictured on the right at the Long Range competition), is set to stand down on completion of his 4 year term at the 2019 AGM. Recruitment for a new Chair will begin immediately but Angus has confirmed that he will remain in place until a new Chair can be found. Angus is stepping down for personal reasons but has very much enjoyed his time with STS and wishes all its members, volunteers and staff all the best for the future.
This is a summary of the main Target Rifle shooting dates for 2019. There will be the normal programme of national and regional championship events in Scotland. The Scottish Open Championships will be on June 7th to 9th and the Scottish Long Range Championships will be on June 29th/30th – both events will be held on the Blair Atholl range. For 2019 there are some changes to the programme of events at the Bisley Meeting (July 17th to 27th ) which has been extended to celebrate the 150th Imperial Meeting since the first NRA Championships took place in 1860.
The NRA has released an invitation to all ICFRA affiliated bodies to inform them that the Imperial Meeting in 2019 will be the 150th meeting and in 2019 the America Match will also be included to mark this special anniversary. The Scottish Captain, Alan Haggerty, would like add his own message for all Scottish full bore shooters…
STS has been provided with a statement by Police Scotland that it has been asked to share with the shooting community to explain the process if someone has concerns around the health of individual in possession of a Firearm, Shotgun or Air Weapon Certificate and provide helplines that people can contact.