A number of Police Forces are requesting individuals, on issue or renewal of firearm and shotgun certificates, to provide a letter from their local GP. The NSRA, working with other shooting organizations is attempting to stop the police firearms departments from instigating this unlawful practice. We advise members not to co-operate with a move by police firearms licensing departments demanding that shooters provide and pay for a medical report from their GP when applying for shotgun or firearm certificates.
The Championships are taking place at Lord Roberts Centre from 21 to 23 February, preparation and sighting for the first relay starting at 2.00 p.m.
Live results are being streamed to the internet via our new Match Manager system, sponsored by Lapua, and can be viewed at http://shootingcentre.dyndns.tv/nsra/british/
Entries for postal competitions during the 2014 season are open.
Entry forms for all club team and individual competitions were sent to clubs with their 2014 re-affiliation papers in early November 2013. For a downloadable copy click Club Postal Competition Entry Forms.
Entry forms for individual competitions were sent to eligible members with their Winter 2013/14 copy of The Rifleman in mid December 2013. For a downloadable copy click Individual Postal Competition Entry Forms.
Most Club team entries close on 31 January. Individual competition entries close on 14 February.
The entry form for the Championships has already been circulated by email to recent competitors and with the latest edition of NSRA News to NSRA members and affiliated organisation. The entry form and programme booklet are also available on the website via the British Airgun Championships page in the Competitions Section.
The closing date for entries without a late entry surcharge is 31 January 2014.
Following the correction published at the beginning of the Rifleman article ‘Noise – Part 2’ published by Mrs E M Woodall on page 33 of the Winter 2013/14 edition of the Rifleman, the NSRA would like to clarify the correction as follows:
The NSRA offices, shop and Lord Roberts Centre are closed for the Christmas/New Year break until Thursday 2nd January 2014.
We wish all our members and visitors a merry Christmas and a happy and successful New Year.
The 2014 affiliation packs for clubs and associations were posted to affiliated organisations between 1 and 4 November 2013. Clubs which do not receive their pack can contact Membership Services for a replacement, but NOT BEFORE 20 NOVEMBER, please.
The covering letter announces a new benefit for Category A, B, D and E clubs and associations. For many years County associations have been able to claim a voucher, which could be awarded to an individual who had never previously been a competitor at an NSRA National Meeting. The voucher entitled the individual to free entry to individual competitions at their first National Meeting, up to a maximum value of £50.
These vouchers will now be available to every organisation which affiliates in 2014. There is no need to request a voucher; it will be sent automatically with the official receipt of the organisation’s fees and confirmation of insurance cover. The voucher has a validity period of 15 months from the date of issue.
The official closing date for 2014 NSRA-Eley Competition is 8 November, the entry form for which was issued with the Autumn edition of The Rifleman.
The final date for shooting the first stage is 20 December. Competitions Department expects to be able to process some entries after the closing date whilst there remains adequate time to get stickers, etc to the clubs sufficiently in advance of the final shooting date.
The Home Office has produced a new edition of its Guide to Firearms Licensing Law, which is available to download from the Government website via the link.
There was very little time available for members of the British Shooting Sports Council (including the NSRA) to digest and comment upon the new edition. As a result work is continuing and further amendments may be made in due course.
At a meeting on 8th October 2013 between the Home Office, BSSC (of which the NSRA is a member) and the police, it was agreed that a Working Party consisting of representatives of shooting organisations, Home Office, police and other interested parties would take part in a "back to basics" review of the costs of issuing Firearm Certificates and Registered Firearms Dealers Certificates.
It was stated that there would be no increase in fees until the review had been completed, which is unlikely to be before 2015.
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The Association has a special discounted price for individuals joining the NSRA for the first time as an Annual or Junior Annual Member, together with a bounty for the new member's club.