Two weeks ago North Yorkshire Police seized the actions of six Steyr LP50 Air Pistols from Steyr UK. North Yorkshire Police has now confirmed this was as a result of a licensing issue, not a criminal one, believing the pistols to be Section 5 Firearms.
Please see below for the statement issued by Iain Root, Chief Executive Officer.
No other Police Force has done anything similar and the NSRA has not received any guidance or direction from Surrey Police, who are the Association's licensing authority, in relation to LP5 and LP50 Pistols. Because the situation is both sensitive and concerning, attempts have been made to ensure that pistol shooters are not put into untenable situations.
It had been suggested "that pistol shooters should not bring their semi automatic pistols to the NSRA's Lord Roberts Centre because the NSRA would be obliged to seize/confiscate the firearms."
At the present time the NSRA does not have the duty or the power to seize any firearms and would only be able to do so upon the specific instructions of Surrey Police /or the Home Office.
Following what happened in North Yorkshire the issue was discussed with NSRA staff and the worst case scenario was explored. This included what would need to be done, and in what circumstances, should the Association receive instruction, and be given authority, to seize identified firearms.
Essentially I would like to make it known, and confirm that the NSRA will not be seizing any pistols and the sanctioned use of the centre for pistol shooting can continue as previously.
The issue is still of concern and is being pursued by the British Shooting Sports Council. The NSRA is represented on the Council. The BSSC is an umbrella body which brings together Britain's twelve major shooting associations to achieve consensus positions on political and legislative issues affecting the shooting sports. The Council's object is to promote and safeguard the lawful possession and use of firearms and air weapons for sporting and recreational purposes in the United Kingdom amongst all sections of society. The feelings of BSSC are shared with the Home Office and Police Service through BSSC's involvement with the tripartite Practitioners Group. The BSSC is holding meetings on the 1st and 5th of December 2016 and Semi Automatic Air Pistols has been put on the agenda. Any further developments will be shared with members of the NSRA and its affiliated clubs.
Chief Executive Officer