The British Association for Shooting and Conservation has been meeting with politicians in Northern Ireland to discuss the issues affecting lawful shooting in the country. BASC chief executive Richard Ali and BASC chairman Martyn Howatt met Paul Givan, chairman of NI Assembly Committee for Justice, along with other committee members to discuss topics including proposals to increase firearms licensing fees and the age at which young people can use shotguns and airguns. BASC is opposed to both proposals.
BASC chief executive Richard Ali said, “We had some very constructive discussions with leading politicians, partner organisations and members including firearms dealers and the BASC NI Committee. BASC NI is committed to engaging with other organisations, politicians and the Department of Justice. BASC puts its members first and we will continue to guarantee that the voice of people who shoot in Northern Ireland is heard and that their views are taken into account.”
Tommy Mayne, director of BASC Northern Ireland, added, “Shooting generates at least £45m for the Northern Ireland economy every year and brings conservation benefits alongside the economic contribution, which includes attracting tourists to Northern Ireland. Shooting sports also help strengthen community and social bonds. BASC members in Northern Ireland can be assured that they have the full weight of the UK’s largest shooting organisation behind them.”
Chair of NI Assembly Committee for Justice Paul Givan said, “I welcome the visit by Martyn and Richard which provided a useful opportunity to engage with the UK’s largest shooting organisation at the highest level and to discuss important issues affecting shooting sports and the lawful use of firearms in Northern Ireland.”