Police hotline to report ‘dubious’ gun owners makes shooting groups furious!
Shooting groups around the UK have raised their concern over the police launching a new hotline where the public can report suspicious behaviour about people who registered shotgun and firearms.
This so called Crimestopper number ‘0800 028 4010’ will encourage the public to report signs of radicalism, extremism and vulnerability to terrorism” among gun owners was unjustified.
Tim Bonner from the Countryside Alliance said ‘The public appeal for information about certificate holders through Crimestoppers will encourage malicious complaints and the link made with radicalisation and terrorism is insulting and ridiculous.
“We have not been made aware of a single incident in which a licence holder has misused a firearm in pursuit of an extremist agenda.”
The Western Morning News reports that the Associations of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) revealed that local police forces will be carrying out random spot checks on people who hold a firearm, ensuring they are storing the weapon correctly and securely.
Chief Exec Richard Ali from BASC said ‘BASC supports the police in their efforts to help firearms certificate holders maintain the excellent record of safety and security in England and Wales.
“Where there is specific intelligence of threat, risk or harm then the police should act. This guidance provides that framework and ensures that the police provide a clear and reasoned explanation to the certificate holder at the time of the visit.”
Within the UK, the largest number of firearms are held in Cornwall and Devon, almost 6,000 weapons for every 100,000 people in the counties.
Staff are carrying out arranged visits to gun owners looking at their security and as we are all aware we must have referee to vouch for our license
Mr Bonner went on: "We are always ready to support sensible, evidence-based proposals to improve firearm licensing and security. For instance we fully support unannounced checks on licence holders if they are based on specific intelligence of risk.
"This campaign, however, is exactly the sort of knee-jerk reaction to an unrelated problem that the Government had promised to avoid. It is unjustified and ill-judged, and will serve only to waste police resources and alienate a large and law abiding section of the community.
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