Towards the end of last year, the Firearms Taskforce, European Commission started to review the Regulations surrounding the import and export of firearms and ammunition. This has been put out to consultation with the following message:

“The European Commission started during the last quarter of 2020 the process to review Regulation (EU) No 258/2012 on exports, imports and transit of civilian firearms. The current EU legislation 258/2012 on exports, imports and transit of civilian firearms was designed to prevent diversion of firearms from the legal trade to the black market. The Commission is conducting an impact assessment, as stated in the 2020-2025 EU Action plan on firearms trafficking, to examine ways to improve traceability, exchange of information and to increase the security of export and import control procedures.

In order to receive as much input as possible, the Commission is launching a public consultation through the following link: Firearms – review of export rules and import & transit measures ( The public consultation will be closed on 11/10/2021.

The Commission especially calls upon firearms users (hunters and sport shooters), manufacturers and collectors to give their opinions on the problems and the future of EU rules on exports, imports and transit of firearms. Now is the time to inform the Commission of any challenges, shortcomings or best practices.”

As you are aware, the NSRA are heavily involved in the British Shooting Sports Council (BSSC) in defending target shooting and their response that was sent on 2nd July 2021 as follows:

Commonwealth Games Shooting

The following press release has been issued by the Commonwealth Games Federation:-

Following a review of the 2022 Commonwealth Archery and Shooting Championships scheduled to take place in India, the difficult decision has been made to cancel the event. This
comes after careful consideration of several factors, including the continued uncertainty created by the ongoing global pandemic.

The decision was taken by Commonwealth Games India (CGI) Executive Board with the support of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CCF).

CGF President Dame Louise Martin DBE said: "We are disappointed that the 2022 Commonwealth Archery and Shooting Championships will no longer take place however, this is the right decision to take in the current climate.

Despite this news, there are numerous key learnings that will benefit our ongoing work as we look to innovate and create new Commonwealth Sport Properties. The Chandigarh 2022 concept has identified exciting opportunities regarding future co-hosting possibilities that we must further explore. 

We very much are looking forward to welcoming Team India to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games."

About the CGF

The Commonwealth Games Federation (CCF) is the organisation that is responsible for the direction and control of the Commonwealth Games, and for delivering on the vision of the Commonwealth Sports Movement: through sport, we build peaceful, sustainable and prosperous communities across the Commonwealth.

For more information please contact:

CGF Media and Communications Manager
Tom Degun This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council has submitted planning permission to build luxury houses on Tunbridge Wells Target Shooting Club's range - thus closing it down. The deadline is 9th July to lodge objections, and the club desperately needs your help.

We need to lodge over 100 objections by 9th July in order to have a chance of being heard.

Please could you take 5 minutes to lodge an objection to the loss of yet another shooting facility?

  • The council is supposed to offer us an alternative location, but they have not.
  • We are the second biggest shooting facility in Kent, and the loss of our club and our facilities would have a significant impact on shooting in Kent.
  • We are the venue for open shoots on a regular basis.
  • We are the training ground for national-level shooters, both senior and junior.

To lodge an objection, go to

You first need to register, and then you can log in and lodge your objection by clicking on 'make a comment'.

Thank you.
From the whole of TWTSC, Thank You.

The NSRA AGM will no longer be taking place in July as scheduled.

The event is being moved into the 4th quarter of the year and the date will be published as soon as possible.

Benchrest shooting is a fast developing discipline and many people have requested assistance interpreting the NSRA Benchrest Rules to make sure they are shooting in the correct way. 

This has prompted the NSRA to produce the attached document, “NSRA Clarification of Benchrest Rules”. It provides an explanation of the Rules and is supported by pictures to illustrate their application. It should be used in conjunction with the full version of the NSRA Rules and Regulations which can be found HERE



The Government has announced a 4-week pause at Step 3 and therefore the current Step 3 restrictions remain in place until 19 July. Although there has been some easing in restrictions nationally, they have no impact on target shooting and the rules remain the same. Individuals and clubs should continue to operate as in the current Step 3 outlined in NSRA Target Shooting in England Roadmap. The Government has said that it will review the data after 2 weeks to see if the risks have reduced and will inform if the 19th July date for Step 4 is to be changed. The NSRA will monitor the position and inform as the situation changes.

Report on a Countryside Forum webinar held online on May 13, 2021

Due to restrictions slowly lifting Martin from Cheshunt Rifle & Pistol Club was finally able to get his hands on the fantastic 1st prize. He collected the Walther LG400 today from the NSRA head office. Although you can’t tell behind his mask, Martin was very happy with his prize.

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The NSRA represents around 900 clubs which cover a diverse range of disciplines. The clubs all have their own “character” and most members and committee members put in an inordinate amount of work to maintain them. Across these clubs some are mainly focussed on recreational shooting. However, others have a more competitive focus and aspire to enrol, nurture and prepare high quality competitive shooters – many of whom aspire to represent their county, region or country in high level competition.

At the NSRA we receive a great many enquiries from people wanting to find a club in their area. The majority of these are new to shooting and really don’t know (or only have a vague idea) which discipline they wish to try. However, we do get enquiries from people who want to compete from the start and aspire to Commonwealth Games or Olympics or just to be, “…the best they can be…” Clearly, if this latter group are directed to a club that has a sole purpose of recreation, shooting non-ISSF disciplines or has no facilities or coaching available for these disciplines then sending them to these clubs would not be suitable and could result in them not taking up the sport. Further to this we often get current shooters who would like to join another, more competitive club to be with like-minded individuals, appropriate facilities or good coaching.

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