Rifles

It never fails to amaze me how much misinformation is circulated.

I have indeed signed Geoffrey Clifton Brown’s amendment.  But the amendment does not aim at the result you have been led to believe; I am not blocking anything; and the motive is not as you have been led to believe.

So far as the aim is concerned, it is to persuade the government that, rather than banning rifle clubs in the UK from using a particular kind of rifle that has been used in these clubs for many years, it would be more sensible to tighten the regulation surrounding these weapons so that (a) they can only ever be used inside the club and (b) the way in which they are used and stored and bought and sold is subject to the most stringent form of checks, to ensure that they do not fall into the wrong hands. 

So far as the question of “blocking” is concerned, most of us who have signed the amendment, including me, have absolutely no intention of voting against the government on this - I have not voted against the Conservative Whip on any occasion since entering Parliament over 20 years ago, and I am certainly not going to do so now.  Our purpose is simply to lead the Home Office Minister to think further about methods of tightening regulation for these particular items rather than banning their use outright in all clubs. 

Finally, in contrast to the impression that appears to have been conveyed by whichever pressure group or political party that is stirring this up, my motive is to enable those of my constituents from shooting clubs in West Dorset who have made strenuous and entirely reasonable representations to me, to continue to use these rifles under highly controlled conditions within their clubs. This has absolutely nothing to do with any other, covert political agenda - despite any paranoid suggestions that there is such an agenda. 

I am sorry that you have been so misled by whoever it is that has been misleading you and others into writing these letters and emails. 

 

26/10/18