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Firearms laws could cause chaos at 2012 Olympics

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Joe Potosky, May 19, 2010.

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  1. Joe Potosky

    Joe Potosky Well-Known Member

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    Firearms laws could cause chaos at 2012 Olympics

    • Europeans miss Dorset clay pigeon event over permits

    • London organisers want accreditation to double as permit

    London 2012's shooting event is heading for chaos because of Britain's draconian firearms legislation for athletes from European countries. Some European teams have been unable to compete at a clay pigeon World Cup event in Dorset this week after failing to lodge original certificates of firearms permits with UK police long in advance.

    Without having that paperwork in their possession several athletes would be in breach of their national laws to hold their firearms at home. They have also been unable to travel after they waited four to six weeks for the documentation to be handled. Indeed, in order to guarantee German athletes' participation, that nation's administrator was flown in to the UK by tournament officials – at a cost of £1,500 to the event – with a sheaf of athletes' documentation for on-the-spot processing by police.

    Perversely the law states that competitors from non-European Union nations need send only a copy of their certificates and, in cases where no official national registration system exists, a letter of permission from police departments suffices.

    The event organiser, Peter Underhill, who is also manager of the shooting tournament at the London Olympics, told Digger: "This situation has arisen with only 350 competitors. It would take the Metropolitan Police a year to process the 2,000 people at the Olympics. We want the Home Office to relax arrangements, to tie in an athlete's visitor's firearm permit with the accreditation so it acts as an import licence for the firearm." So far the Home Office has shown no enthusiasm for the request.
     
  2. ctreay

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    Sure am glad that my parents families had the foresight to leave the UK when they did.

    ctreay
     
  3. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Move the shooting events to a more firearms friendly country.
     
  4. Shooting Coach

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    Socialism at its best.
     
  5. eightbore

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    This is a good opportunity for the new PM to show his gonads. At least I think I have heard there is a new PM. Like I really care. Bring the shooting events to Obamaland.
     
  6. eagles11

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    Bad news folks. The athletes must go thru the same paperwork to compete in the goo old United States. The form 6 required from the ATF takes 4-6 weeks to process and they must have a personalized invitation to come to a particular tournament. We deal with this at our range all the time as an Olympic Training Site.

    Now we do have the point of contact at ATF directly and she is very good but the rules are the rules. Now once in the country the shooters are in pretty good shape assuming they are in a firearm friendly state.
     
  7. JOND

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    England sure liked OUR guns during WWII !! JOND
     
  8. Auctioneer

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    England anti-gun unless your rich. Even their own firearm teams have to fo to France to practice. Sad isn't it.
     
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