Royal Mail Scotland plan to ban the posting of guns – Outcry from Gamekeepers

Scottish Gamekeepers claim “widespread concern” among supporters of sporting shooting in Scotland Plans by Royal Mail to ban the posting of guns and component parts from its services would lead to rural businesses closing, gamekeepers have claimed.

Royal Mail has launched a consultation proposing a ban on the transport of all firearms, including sporting guns. It said it was acting to ensure its terms and conditions were consistent with existing firearms legislation.

But the Scottish Gamekeepers Association Chairman Alex Hogg (SGA) argued the move would directly lead to rural job losses. Well he would say that wouldn’t he.

SGA said it meant gunsmiths would not be able to post spare parts to customers in remote areas. The SGA called on its 5,300 members to register their concerns by the consultation closing date of 17 September.

SGA claimed Royal Mail’s move had led to “widespread concern” among those who supported sporting shooting in Scotland.

It also said the transportation of firearms and components had been managed safely for years, with no recorded evidence of guns or parts falling into the wrong hands.

At a time when there are major concerns already over fuel costs in rural areas, this is another nail in the coffin for honest people trying to do their jobs in the countryside” said Alex Hogg.

Scottish Gamekeepers Association chairman Alex Hogg said: “Should this come to pass, it will have a direct impact on people’s livelihoods. ”The gun shops will not be able to post parts to customers, so that trade will be cut off. ”Other carriers charge much higher prices so the costs will make it prohibitive for legitimate stockists and their clients to do business remotely. The only alternative would be for people to get in their cars and travel hundreds of miles to pick up parts.”

Mr Hogg added: “At a time when there are major concerns already over fuel costs in rural areas, this is another nail in the coffin for honest people trying to do their jobs in the countryside. ”We are hopeful Royal Mail see sense because people trust the service. If it is lost, it may also have an adverse effect on their business and reputation.”

A previous attempt by Royal Mail to ban all firearms in the mail failed in 2005 when regulator Post comm rejected the proposal.

In launching its latest consultation, Royal Mail said: “Following an internal review of policy related to the carriage of dangerous goods we have become increasingly concerned that we are operating in a way that is inconsistent with firearms legislation when we carry guns for sporting use.

“Weapons of war are prohibited from our postal network but currently we do carry guns for sporting use as restricted items.

“Therefore we are proposing to amend the wording of the (postal) schemes to enable us to comply with relevant firearms legislation.”

Royal Mail added that it expected the impact on customers to be “minimal”, pointing out that Parcel force Worldwide would continue to offer a service for registered firearms dealers.

 

3 comments to Royal Mail Scotland plan to ban the posting of guns – Outcry from Gamekeepers

  • harrier man

    A bit of a shame.

  • Circus maximus

    Sorry Alex but gun control is a big issue with the public. The potential for “parts” to fall into the wrong hands is always there….how often do we hear of “parts” being used to reactivate “replica” or deactivated weapons?

    Keepers should be going out of the way to try demonstrate that they are pushing for the highest standards so that they can retain their privilaged position as fire arms owners. But as normal they just rant…..

  • paul williams

    Does the health and safety executive and the anti-terrorist agencies know that this irresponsible mailing of firearms is taking place???