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Nine in ten rural owners confident they can reopen safely

Over 90% of rural business owners in Scotland are confident they can reopen their business while safely adhering to social distancing measures during the coronavirus pandemic. A new survey carried out this week by Scottish Land & Estates (SLE), the

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2019: The year that was!

Gun Trade News takes time to reflect on another year of newsworthy industry events and headline news from 2019 3 January – Greggs launched a meat-free version of its sausage rolls 15 January – Theresa May’s Brexit deal was defeated

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EU Firearms Directives Put In Place

The government has recently incorporated new requirements into the Firearms Rules based on 2017 EU Directives. The directives cover civilian ownership of firearms, registration with licensing authorities, the ownership of deactivated firearms, security issues for the ownership of firearms by

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‘Step up’ to new bill

A proposed new Environment Bill is set to enshrine international environmental principles from international agreements into law, as well as commitments made in the government’s 25-year environment plan. The Bill sets out goals to improve air and water quality, tackle

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Countryside Alliance “welcome” Government announcement on mobile coverage deal

The Countryside Alliance has said that they welcome the news that the Government is championing a £1 billion deal with the phone industry, in a much-needed bid to banish rural not-spots. The move would cement plans to give high-quality 4G

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Licence fee concerns quashed

There’s relief in the shooting community as it appears that the government has taken stakeholders concerns regarding proposed firearms licence fees on board.  Fees outlined in a government response published by Home Office consultation are 58 per cent lower than

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GP Bills To Cost Shooters £48m?

A Home Office consultation published in July could land the shooting community with a £48 million bill for new medical arrangements in firearms licensing. Despite the fact that four years ago the same government negotiated an agreement under which no

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Britain Navigating Uncertainty

To the surprise of many, the news in March showed that employment in the UK was hitting record highs. Unemployment reached its lowest level since 1971 and wages are growing at the fastest rate for a decade. In addition, pay

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Public Consultation for .50 cal Amendment

The government has decided to proceed with an amendment to remove the ban on high-energy rifles (most significantly .50 cals) from the Offensive Weapons Bill, and will now pass it to the House of Lords for consideration. The amendment passed

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Fifty Cal Fight Goes On

Campaigning continues against proposals contained within the Offensive Weapons Bill after a Commons debate scheduled for 15 October was delayed. The Bill was due to have its third reading, but – according to the Commons leader – urgent oral statements

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