No need for minimum shotgun age, says Alliance

THE Countryside Alliance have revealed figures which they believe show there is no need for a minimum age for holding a shotgun certificate.

The figures, obtained under a Freedom of Information request, show that only two people in the last 10 years have had their licenses revoked and both were for reasons entirely unrelated to firearms.

The Alliance said that that young people take the responsibility of handling shotguns very seriously and efforts to stop them are misguided and wrong.

David Taylor, Shooting Campaign Manager for the Countryside Alliance, said: “There is simply no justification for a minimum age. Thomas Docherty has failed to understand the complexities of the licensing system, and puts forward disingenuous arguments to support his fragile case. Many young people, potential Olympic gold medallists, could be prevented from enjoying their sport because of one person’s failure to comprehend our existing laws.”

Richard Faulds, Great British shooter and winner of the gold medal in the men’s double trap at the 2000

Sydney Olympics, said: “It is very important that young people aren’t prevented from getting involved in shooting. I had a shotgun certificate at 9 and competed for Britain at the age of 13. Shooting taught me about

responsibility and sportsmanship from a young age, and gave me the bug for competitive shooting that has seen me win 19 World Championship titles and gold at the Sydney Olympics. We must resist any attempts to stop young people getting into sport and especially shooting.”