I am the secretary of a small .22 smallbore club. We have around 12 to 15 members at any one time. The subscriptions just about cover the range rent as we rent the range from the local council and meet one evening per week. We are a Home Office approved club which means that people without a Firearms Certificate can use club guns as a probationary member until they are accepted as a full member and can then apply for their own Firearm Certificate and buy their own rifle. We renewed the Home Office approval last year which cost £84 (approx $100 USD) and lasts for six years. The new fee proposed in the document is £900, (approx $1080 USD) more than ten times the current cost. If this fee goes through, we would not be able to afford to renew and would cease to be a Home Office approved club. This means that only Firearm Certificate holders would be able to shoot on our range with .22 rifles. This is just another step in the process to reduce firearms ownership in this country and eventually eliminate it. The general public here do not care about firearms ownership and would probably think it a good idea to restrict it even more.
Meanwhile, the police here recently stopped a known drug dealer in a car who supposedly produced a pistol so they shot him dead as he sat in the car passenger seat. A 9mm loaded pistol was found in the car foot well. All the restrictions on gun ownership here only affect those who submit themselves to the licencing process. Stud Bad boy, as this chap called himself on social media, didn't involve the licencing process to obtain his pistol, so he can have whatever gun he wants through his criminal contacts. Firearms law is a joke in this country as all the rules apply to the law abiding, but the criminals ignore the rules and work outside the law.
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