View Full Version : Govt. adviser challenges firearm review. BASC press release

Simon Clarke
27-05-2004, 12:30 PM
Government’s shooting adviser takes issue with Home Office consultation on firearms law.

27th May 2004…………………………………….immediate release.

Martin Salter MP, Parliamentary adviser on shooting to the Minister of Sport, has written to the Home Office outlining concerns that the current review of firearms has the potential to cause problems.

Mr. Salter, in the letter to Home Office minister Caroline Flint also reminds the government of Labour’s manifesto commitment not to restrict shooting sports, and has included a summary response from the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), the UK’s largest shooting organisation.

The letter says: “I have considerable sympathy with BASC’s concerns and I would remind you of the 2001 Labour Party manifesto pledge which stated that “We have no intention whatsoever of placing restrictions on the sports of angling and shooting."”

Christopher Graffius, BASC director of communication said “We are pleased to receive this support as we tackle the Home Office consultation. The Home Secretary says he intends to reduce gun crime, which we support completely, but the possible reforms outlined in the consultation will do nothing to stop the street criminal intent on breaking the law. Lawful gun owners in Britain already work with some of the toughest regulation in the world. There is no link between legally held guns and crime. Adding more regulation will produce an unworkable bureaucracy for firearm users which will not improve public safety.”

“BASC is making positive efforts to tackle the criminal misuse of guns, through training, education and links with other campaigning groups who oppose gun crime. The Home Office needs to examine this route in preference to unnecessary restrictions on lawful shooting sports.” ENDS

NOTE TO EDITORS:Full text of Martin Salter's letter to Caroline Flint. (http://www.basc.org.uk/media/caroline_flint_letter.pdf)
The BASC summary response to the consultation can be viewed here (http://www.basc.org.uk/media/0518_review_summary_response.pdf)
· For more details call the press office on 01244 573031

27-05-2004, 12:36 PM
Hurrah. But how long will he last before he's made to fall on his sword? :(

27-05-2004, 04:15 PM
Martin Salter is the MP for Reading West and a backbencher. Seen as one of the awkward squad in the Labour party, ie he is aware of reality and sometimes utters it.
He tends to know his subject well and a good advocate for the chosen subject.

27-05-2004, 04:17 PM
Originally posted by jackg
he is aware of reality and sometimes utters it.
.....He tends to know his subject well

Well thats it then - definately a gonna !

27-05-2004, 04:59 PM
I just rang Mr. Salter and left a message with his assistant saying thanks for keeping it real :D

27-05-2004, 10:41 PM
fantastic - just what we need! :)

27-05-2004, 11:18 PM
The B'liar Government lied about everything else they put in their manifesto, why should this issue be any different?


SWAT Strachan
27-05-2004, 11:27 PM
'manifesto' : An abbreviation of 'manifestation', an ethereal, ghost-like promise that has no substance or body.

28-05-2004, 11:20 AM
But this isn't extra regulation, it's a rationalisation of the existing legislation to make it more understandable.

If it seems like extra regulation when you read it, that's because you aren't the kind of demented, loony left, bleeding heart, tree hugging, kill joy anorak who might be tempted to vote Labour one mo' time.