CLA welcomes updated Government gun policy

15 October 2013

The CLA today (30 September) welcomed the Government's decision to block a proposal that would make applying for a shot gun licence as strict as applying for a rifle licence.

The Association said the Government's updated guidance on gun law, following the publication of recommendations from the Home Affairs Select Committee, is sensible for the interests of individuals who need shotguns for legitimate professional purposes.

CLA President William Worsley said: "I am delighted the Government has rejected the proposal to legislate the same controls to shotguns as to section 1 firearms. Farmers and land managers rely on shotguns as a necessary means of predator control.

"We already have a proportionate and respected system of controls on gun licensing with no significant link between armed crime and legally held shotguns."

Mr Worsley added: "The CLA looks forward to working with the Association of Chief Police Officers to guide local forces on the issues arising from the other recommendations in the Select Committee report."