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Update from Zoey Evans Firearms Licensing Manager

Alert message sent 21/05/2020 11:26:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police


Government Guidelines/Regulations – Shooting Activities
 
As you are aware the Government updated its guidelines on Monday 11 May 2020. The regulations were published on Tuesday 12 May 2020 and we sought force legal advice to ensure that both the force and Thames Valley Police certificate holders were complying with the regulations. On Friday 15 May 2020 our position changed to the below:
 
Our advice for all certificate holders is to comply with the Government guidelines. Thames Valley Police will not be taking action in respect of shooting activities on shooting grounds, or private land, provided the activities are otherwise licensed and lawful.  We urge anyone considering taking part in such activities to comply fully with the current government guidance about the conditions on which outdoor recreation may take place. If you do not heed this advice and are found in circumstances where your activities could result in the emergency services being called out or that suggest a danger to public safety or to the peace, this may result in consideration being given to the revocation of your certificate/s.
 
Our position is now supported by the Government (Under Secretary of State Sport, Tourism and Heritage) who responded to the BSSC on 20 May 2020 confirming that shooting activities are permissible. Below is the relevant paragraph from the Sports Minister:

‘The current government advice on https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus remains the most relevant and up to date advice available.
 
As you are aware, on 11 May, the government published updated guidance on lockdown measures, including updates on how people can remain active. From 13 May, people are allowed to go outside more than once a day for exercise as long as they are following social distancing guidelines, alone, with members of their household, or with one person from outside of their household. People must still only exercise in groups of no more than two people, unless they are exercising with their household.
 
Any facilities associated with outdoor sports and physical activities, including shooting ranges, can now reopen, if those responsible for them feel ready to do so and if they can do so safely, and in line with related public health guidance’

 
I do hope that this clarifies our force position. If you have any further enquiries please do not hesitate to contact my team via firearmslicensing@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk or by telephone Monday – Friday 08:00 – 10:00 hours.
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Zoe Powderly (Police, Manager, Firearms Licensing )

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