Woodstock Rifle & Pistol Club
28th July 2021
The committee have decided to make the following change to the amount of visits made to the club on Thursdays. Every member must now make a minimum of SIX SHOOTING VISITS per year to the club. This has been done due to people just turning up and not shooting, as we can not cover the cost of the range hireand for members who just want to keep their FAC. This is not financially fair on the club which pays to hire the range to shoot on it. It is your club, please use it. This is in immediate effect.
Many thanks to the Swallows Leisure Centre for providing a stair lift for our disabled shooters, which has already been used by a member.
Now we have this lift we have the facility for many others.
Very much appreciated to you all.
To All Members
Please Note, To all members. If you need to contact any of the committee members, please either call, email or contact through the contact page, do not email or call Michelle, she is not on the committee, she only helps the club.
Dear Club Member
URGENT – IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED
PROHIBITION OF THE POSSESSION OF MARS AND LEVER RELEASE FIREARMS AND OTHER TYPES OF ‘SELF-UNLOADING’ RIFLES
Anyone still in possession of a MARS or LR rifle should take it to the nearest police station as soon as possible.
The Offensive Weapons Act 2019 set out to prohibit the possession of self-unloading rifles other than in .22” calibre. The overwhelming majority of firearms affected are Manually-Activated Release System (MARS) and Lever-Release (LR) rifles. On the passage of the Act, it became illegal to purchase, acquire, sell or transfer such a firearm, but not to possess one. A compensation scheme for voluntary surrender of such firearms ran from December 2020 to 9 March 2021.
The Home Office has informed the NRA and others of the final step in the legislation, prohibition of possession of such firearms. The prohibition is effective after midnight on Wednesday 14 July, thus it essential to take immediate action. After midnight Wednesday these firearms will be Prohibited (Section 5), and possession will attract an automatic minimum 5-year jail term.
We have urged the Home Office to advise police forces to act in a considerate manner to those who still have these firearms on certificate, and avoid any heavy-handed action or over-zealous prosecutions
The Home Office state that 1,133 rifles have been surrendered. The NRA knows of four that have either not been surrendered or have been surrendered after 9 March without compensation. However, the NRA has indications that there may be many other such rifles still held on Firearm Certificates.
Anyone still in possession of a MARS or LR rifle, or any other rifle that automatically ejects the spent case (other than one in .22” calibre) should take it to the nearest police station as soon as possible. State in writing that you are surrendering the firearm under duress and insist on a receipt.
It is likely that the holders of such firearms are members of clubs affiliated to the NRA that do not use Bisley or MoD ranges (hence their members are not on the NRA database) and are not users of the internet in connection with shooting sports (because the matter has been discussed extensively online since the first announcement in 2017). We urgently request secretaries of such clubs to contact their members who may own MARS or LR firearms and ensure they are aware of the impending prohibition.
Monday 12 July 2021
The club would like to thank Swallows, especially Crag for all of the work that has been done so far in the projectle room. there is more to come, but the improvements so far have made a big difference.
Please see below email which has been sent to us by one of our members.
Like to thank Paul and the committee for getting the new stair lift fitted we tend to forget what the committee does for us in the back ground as a club and the help that the club/committee as given me has been much appreciated Many Thanks Doug
To all members-
We are working hard to get you all back shooting, there has been a lot of paperwork and forms to fill in, hopefully we should be in the final steps now, and should'nt be to much longer before we are all back.
Please keep checking the website for anymore updates.
If you need to contact us then please use the contact page on he website.
The website may be down for a few days in a few weeks time, I will inform you of this, we are migrating to a different site. Please be patent.