SOSP&RC Newsletter

Stourport On Severn Pistol & Rifle Club Newsletter 

July 2019 Newsletter

Members

Hard to believe July is with us already, we have passed the longest day of the year, and the weather - as usual - has been changeable to say the least.

Eley Speed Steels

The second round of the Eley Speed Steel events is on Saturday 20th July.  This is a pre-register only event - so contact Rob Forbes to see if there are any spaces available.

UKPSA Summer Postal Competition

We have completed Round 2 of the UKPSA Postal League for Rifle/LBP/LBR, with a great turnout and some good scores.  We have several members entered into this competition and also some teams.  2 rounds to go before we find out how we have fared, but things look good.

Sunday 25th August

Sunday 29th September

JULY 2019 EVENTS

Tuesday 2nd

1700 - Wolverhampton Pistol Club visiting shoot. Stourport members welcome to join in.

Thursday 4th

Saturday 6th

Sunday 7th

Friday 19th, Saturday 20th

Sunday 21st

Turning Targets competition on B Range

Sunday 28th

There will be 4 courses of fire, 2 short, 1 Medium and 1 long. A minimum of 72 rounds.

You can use your .22SA rifle or your LBP (but only from a holster)

This event is designed to help you get a feel for practical shooting and will not have courses of fire that are too challenging but it will give you the full experience of what this type of competition is all about. Don’t be put off if you’ve not done this type of shooting before, there will be several people on hand to help you and keep you safe.

Shooting to start at 0930 and finish at around 1400, following clearance of the range, so you may want to bring something for lunch.

Please turn up at 0830 to register and support building the courses of fire.

Beginners especially welcome. Lots of help given.

Wednesday 31st

Advance notice:

All ranges closed August 5th to 10th inclusive for back stop repair.

Have a great July - Summer - with lovely long shooting days - is here with us - so make the most of it. 

JULY 2019 EVENTS

Tuesday 2nd

1700 - Wolverhampton Pistol Club visiting shoot. Stourport members welcome to join in.

Thursday 4th

Saturday 6th

Sunday 7th

Friday 19th, Saturday 20th

Sunday 21st

Sunday 28th

There will be 4 courses of fire, 2 short, 1 Medium and 1 long. A minimum of 72 rounds.

You can use your .22SA rifle or your LBP (but only from a holster)

This event is designed to help you get a feel for practical shooting and will not have courses of fire that are too challenging but it will give you the full experience of what this type of competition is all about. Don’t be put off if you’ve not done this type of shooting before, there will be several people on hand to help you and keep you safe.

Shooting to start at 0930 and finish at around 1400, following clearance of the range, so you may want to bring something for lunch.

Please turn up at 0830 to register and support building the courses of fire.

Wednesday 31st Last entry date for benchrest competition.


BASC responds to revocation of general licences

Apr 23, 2019

BASC is advising members that Natural England (NE) is temporarily revoking three general licences in England for controlling certain wild birds from Thursday this week.

These licences (GL 04/05/06) cover 16 species of birds including several members of the crow family, Canada goose and some gulls and pigeons. Like other rural organisations, BASC was only told of Natural England’s decision in a press release at 3.30pm today and uncertainty remains as to when the temporary revocation will end.

gov.uk website on Thursday.

NE says this action is the first stage of a planned review of general and class licences, which will be completed this year. The change follows a legal challenge to the way the licences have been issued, which could mean users who rely on them are not acting lawfully.

BASC chairman Peter Glenser QC said: “Natural England’s decision to withdraw the open general licences will cause chaos and uncertainty in the rural community.

“To take such a step without consultation and proper notice is utterly unacceptable from a statutory body and leaves many people at risk of breaking the law at a crucial time of the year when their need to control pests could not be more pressing.”

Glynn Evans, BASC’s head of game and gundogs, said: “This change will clearly cause disruption and disarray and we urge people who may be affected to carefully follow the advice issued by Natural England.

“BASC is disappointed with the lack of notice from Natural England and we feel it unnecessarily puts people at risk of unwittingly falling foul of the law.

“It could not have come at a worse time for gamekeepers and other land managers, who are at a peak time for predator control to protect vulnerable wildlife and growing crops.

“We will be accepting Natural England’s offer of an urgent meeting to discuss these changes and the other issues around general licences. We will update our members at the earliest opportunity.”

Natural England has issued this advice:

What to do if you use a general licence

It is expected that, over time, many situations currently covered by the three general licences will be covered by new licences.

gov.uk from the week commencing 29 April when more details will be available.

gov.uk from 25 April.

In limited circumstances, people may be allowed to undertake urgent action in accordance with the existing requirements of section 4 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

Anyone exercising lethal control of birds after Thursday 25 April 2019 without taking the above steps will not be covered by a general licence and could be committing an offence.

Visit the Natural England licensing webpage for more information and advice.

The three general licences being revoked are as follows:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wild-bi...

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wild-bi...

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wild-bi...

NEW: Starting in April 2019 we have the opportunity to enter the UKPSA LBF Postal Event, which includes .22 Rifle, LBR & LBP. In previous years Stourport has been well represented in this competition and we have taken a number of medals. You do not need to be a member of the UKPSA to compete in this event as Stourport are an affiliated club.

This is a 4 round competition and all 4 rounds need to be completed.  Each round is usually 4 stages, requiring approximately 50 to 60 rounds.The shoots will start at 0930, and the dates planned for each round is as follows:

(Note – this is dependent on receiving the course of fire for each round)

Sunday 28th April

Sunday 23rd June

Sunday 25th August

Sunday 29th September

If you are interesting in shooting this competition and can commit to the 4 rounds, please email sprcpractical@gmail.com with your full name, age, UKPSA Membership number if you are a member,  and which part of the competition you wish to enter - .22 Rifle, LBR or LBP.

If you need any more details you can also use the same email.

Eley Speed Steels

There were 60 entrants in total for the Eley Speed Steels competition, 40 in the Mini Rifle category, including 7 from Stourport, and 20 in Long Barrelled Pistol. Some excellent shooting saw Nick Towndrow take the Mini Rifle honours, and Chris Edwards the LBP.

Places are filling fast for the next round on 20th July, and we recommend you get your entry in for this great competition.

May Events

Sunday 5th - Guest Day

Thursday 9th - Speed Steels - 1800

Sunday 19th - Practical Shooting (Turning Targets)

Thursday 23rd - Speed Steels - 1800

Friday 31st - Last day for submitting April Bench rest cards 

On 28th April we had 16 shooters compete in Round 1 of the UKPSA Postal for Long Barrelled Firearms - 12 Mini Rifle Open, 1 Mini Rifle Standard, 2 LBP and 1 LBR. The 4 courses of fire appeared deceptively simple, but as well as some excellent scores there was a fair number of misses, no shoot hits and procedural penalties. This is a 4 Round Competition, but the club has gotten off to a great start with this number of entrants.


SHOOTING & TRAINING

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To get in touch, please call 01483 797 777 x 160,139,146,149 or email: shooting@nra.org.uk

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RANGE SERVICES

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To get in touch with Rick Wells, please call 01483 797 777 x 182 or email: richard.wells@nra.org.uk

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MEMBERSHIP

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To get in touch with the Membership Team, please call 01483 797 777 x 122, 138, 142, 162 or email: membership@nra.org.uk

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NRA DISCIPLINES

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To find out more about any NRA discipline, please email: disciplines@nra.org.uk

The Offensive Weapons Bill (OWB) returns to Parliament on 7th January. Some think there has been a great victory in the removal of the proposed ban on HME firearms. It is far too early for us to be celebrating or thinking that our work is done.
The Bill still contains a proposal to ban lever release and MARS rifles, a ban that will affect almost twenty times as many rifles as the HME ban would. If this ban goes through without the most vigorous opposition possible from shooters then we will have conceded the principle of firearms being banned when there is no evidence of misuse. This will then come back and be used against us in future.
The ban on HME rifles has not been dropped; it has been postponed pending a public consultation. We already had a public consultation on the OWB and the Government completely ignored the overwhelming opposition to the ban. There is no reason to believe they will respond any differently to the next consultation.
When the ban comes back there will be no pending BREXIT to give Conservative MPs a reason to oppose any ban as a way to show their strength. There is also every possibility that there will have been a change in Government and it will be Labour proposing the next ban.
The comments from Labour during the Committee phase of the OWB are there to be read by all. They absolutely want HMEs banned along with the self-ejecting rifles and were disappointed that .22 semi automatic rifles were also not to be banned. The Conservative Home Office Minister said that even if lever release rifles were no faster to fire than lever action rifles they can be reloaded more quickly from detachable magazines, which makes them more dangerous. What else could this apply to? Semi automatic and pump action shotguns? Semi automatic .22 rifles? Straight pull rifles? Any firearms with detachable magazines? Magazines above an arbitrarily decided capacity? Long barrel revolvers and pistols?
We have seen which firearms will be the next targets of the Police from their submission to the Law Commission. They will be back for the HMEs, long barrel revolvers, semi auto shotguns and .22s once they have taken the self-ejecting rifles. They have been pushing for a ban on HME rifles since 2000 and will not stop now due to one temporary setback.
As shooters we rely on our associations to fight for us. You have the organisation and ability to reach more members than we do. It is vital that shooters, through you, oppose the ban that is still present in the OWB. Please make sure you lobby the House of Lords as much as possible. So far effort only seems to have been made for HME rifles and none for self-ejecting rifles; despite them vastly outnumbering HMEs. Yet all the reasons to oppose the HME ban apply to this ban just as well.
If all lobbying efforts fail and the Bill is passed with the ban still included then we must use the only other option available to us.
When pistols and semi automatic rifles were banned we did not have the protection of the Human Rights Act incorporating the rights from the European Convention on Human Rights into UK law.
Article 1 of the Protocol to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms states, 
"Protection of property
every natural or legal person is entitled to the peaceful enjoyment of his possessions. No one shall be deprived of his possessions except in the public interest and subject to the conditions provided for by law and by the general principles of international law."
The Government has quite clearly failed to show how it is in the public interest to override our property rights. They have provided no evidence of risk from continued legal ownership of lever release and MARS rifles.
We must take legal action to stop this ban. The Government must be made to produce their evidence in support of it. This is where we need all our associations to work together to obtain legal advice, call for donations or crowd funding from members. Don't wait for the Bill to pass and then be on the back foot, take pro-active action to be ready before the Bill passes so that the Government knows they will have to justify their actions if they maintain this course.
If the Government should fall before this happens and we go into a general election be ready for an even worse Bill to surface afterwards.
If we don't fight for self ejecting rifles then we can expect the same treatment for other types of firearm in future whether that be .22 autos, Lee Enfields with their detachable magazines or even 3 shot semi automatic shotguns. This current ban may not affect a discipline you represent but the next one might and if this one isn't stopped there will be many more bans.
Please don't let us down. Fight with everything you have.