As we near the end of March and Brexit the following message has been sent to our Chairman, Jon Harper-Smith from the relevant governmental department with regards to European Firearms Passes....
Home Office advice re EFP
"I’m writing from the Home Office, working on preparations for our exit from the EU on 29 March.
Leaving the EU with a deal remains the Government’s top priority. This has not changed.
However, a responsible government must plan for every eventuality, including a no deal scenario. We have previously written to you about guidance for travelling with a European Firearms Pass if there’s no Brexit deal, so people could make informed plans and preparations.
Changes to EFPs
If we leave the EU without a deal, UK residents will no longer be able to use a European Firearms Pass to travel with their firearm. They would need to comply with whatever licensing requirements each EU country imposes, as well as UK import and export licensing requirements.
What this means for your members
Anyone travelling to, or due to be in, an EU country with their firearm after 29 March will need to check licensing requirements with the country they’re travelling to. This is particularly important if any of your members are taking part in competitions or events shortly after we leave the EU.
Countries may have varying lead times for applying for licenses, so your members should consider checking requirements now.
If you are sponsoring an EU visitor to the UK, you should apply to the local police force for a Visitor’s Permit like now, but will not need to show a valid EFP as part of this process.
We’d like you to share this information with your members, to make sure they’re prepared in case we leave the EU without a deal. If you receive any inquiries from your members, sponsors or visitors about travelling with firearms after we leave the EU, you can direct them to further information on GOV.UK. “
Please be aware that the Wedgnock 50 metre B range will be closed all day on Saturday 18th May 2019 to enable a working party to replace the target framework, remove the turning target metalwork for maintenance/repairs at a later date and top up the pea shingle path. We have up to 16 volunteers so weather permitting we hope to be able to complete the tasks in one day.
Also on Saturday 13th July, WRPC have booked sole use of the B range to host a National Open Competition under NSRA rules in conjunction with Warwickshire Smallbore Rifle and Pistol Association.
Both dates have been confirmed with the Range Manager.