Brits are getting it again on shotguns


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beemerb
July 5, 2004, 02:08 PM
Beckett is angered by plans to control shotguns
By Charles Clover, Environment Editor
(Filed: 05/07/2004)


A major Government row has been caused by the Home Office's failure to consult Margaret Beckett, the Environment Secretary, on proposals to impose restrictions on legal shotgun users which would have a severe financial impact on shooting.



The Telegraph has learned that Mrs Beckett was furious to discover that the Home Office had ignored both a 2001 manifesto commitment not to introduce any restrictions on shooting or fishing and a commitment to "rural proofing" of policies which might have adverse economic effects on rural communities. Alun Michael, the rural affairs minister, is also understood to have been embarrassed by the proposals.

The row, which emerged at the Royal Show at Stoneleigh yesterday and three days before a Countryside Agency report on "rural proofing", was caused by proposals published by the Home Office in May that would impose the same controls on legal owners of shotguns as apply to holders of high-velocity rifles.

Under the proposals launched by Caroline Flint, the Home Office minister, owners would have to give the police good reasons for wanting to own shotguns and restrictions would be placed on young people using shotguns, making it difficult for shooting schools to teach children.

Speaking at the Royal Show yesterday, Mr Michael confirmed that there had been insufficient consultation. He said: "There wasn't as much discussion as there should be before the proposals were published. Since then we have had two meetings with the Home Office and they are fully aware of some of the concerns being expressed."

Mark Hudson, president of the Country Land and Business Association, said: "If this is true we are very disappointed indeed that the Home Office hasn't got into the spirit of rural proofing. These proposals were so obviously going to affect people in the countryside."

13 May 2004: Countryside groups attack plan for curbs on shotguns


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Standing Wolf
July 5, 2004, 03:03 PM
England is the country that lost the American Revolution.

LAR-15
July 5, 2004, 09:58 PM
So what kind of shotguns are legal?

Well none shortly but how about now?

So it's easier to get a shotgun than a rifle in England?

ProGlock
July 6, 2004, 12:21 PM
It's the people's own fault for letting this happen. This is the result of trying to choose the lesser of an evil.

longeyes
July 6, 2004, 12:31 PM
The point is total disarmament. The rest is fluff and temporizing.

agricola
July 6, 2004, 12:51 PM
LAR,

hope this helps:

http://www.met.police.uk/firearms-enquiries/shotguns.htm

R.H. Lee
July 6, 2004, 12:55 PM
A once great and powerful nation reduced to a land of quivering blissninnies. More's the loss to the free world.

F4GIB
July 6, 2004, 02:31 PM
Beckett is angered by plans to control shotguns
By Charles Clover, Environment Editor
(Filed: 05/07/2004)

Where did this come from?
Please publish the [b]URL[/] with articles like this.
It only takes a second and it's a courtesy to the rest of us.

LAR-15
July 6, 2004, 03:48 PM
Thanks

Skibane
July 6, 2004, 07:54 PM
Here's a link (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004/07/05/ngun05.xml&sSheet=/news/2004/07/05/ixhome.html) to beemerb's story.

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