BASC addresses members’ concerns with North Wales PCC
The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) has met key members of North Wales Police Crime Commission and the firearms licensing department to address concerns following a recent meeting of the North Wales Police and Crime Panel.
During the meeting, in September, it was suggested that people should have a firearms licence for each gun they own.
It was also reported by BBC News that the North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Andy Dunbobbin said that he may lobby for tougher restrictions, but it seems those comments were unfounded, especially in terms of Mr Dunbobbin’s approach to legal firearm and shotgun ownership, and their use.
BASC’s head of firearms Martin Parker and Simon Vann, firearms officer for Wales, met Mr Dunbobbin, his deputy Wayne Jones and head of firearms licensing for North Wales Police, Andy Broadhead.
A frank and open discussion provided everyone present with a thorough understanding of shooting communities, not only in North Wales but also across the country.
We already have a great working relationship with North Wales Police; however, the meeting increased the desire for more joint working.
Speaking after the meeting Simon Vann said: “It was essential for all of us to sit down and discuss the issues that arose from the meeting and the reported comments. We had a lot of calls and emails from concerned members about not just the ‘alleged’ comments but also what many felt was ‘one-sided’ reporting.
“We got the chance to put all of these concerns forward as well as further strengthen our relationships, which can only assist shooting and rural communities, where firearms licensing has an impact.”
We have also extended an invitation to meet councillor Chris Bithell, who was quoted in the BBC article.