NI firearms dealers meeting

attendees at the Firearms Dealers Meeting, including CAI's Chief Executive, Lyall Plant.
attendees at the Firearms Dealers Meeting, including CAI's Chief Executive, Lyall Plant.

MANY of Northern Ireland’s Firearms Dealers Association attended a meeting last Tuesday (18 September) in Lisburn to discuss the Department of Justice’s public consultation ‘Proposals to Vary Firearms Licensing Fees and Other Miscellaneous Amendments to the Firearms (Northern Ireland) Order 2004’.

The meeting was the perfect forum for registered firearms dealers to come together and air their views on the proposals in a constructive and meaningful manner. Robert Kidd (Department of Justice) and Paul Givan (chairperson of the Justice Committee) took part in the proceedings and listened attentively to the comments from the assembled dealers.

CAI, BASC and The Gun Trade Guild have been working very closely in respect of this consultation as there are many aspects that give Northern Ireland’s shooting fraternity and Firearms Dealers cause for concern (particularly in relation to the proposals to increase the licensing fees).

Representatives from the Ulster Farmers’ Union (Jason Rankin) and Northern Ireland Firearms Dealers Association (Vaughan Harkness) also took part in the meeting and voiced the position of their respective organisations. Minister Edwin Poots MLA, Tom Elliott MLA (member of the Justice Committee) and Jonathan Craig MLA were also in attendance.

Following the meeting, CAI updated our response to the consultation and submitted it to the department. The consultation is now closed and CAI looks forward to giving evidence to the Justice Committee in due course.

Northern Ireland Party Conferences

Countryside Alliance Ireland will be in attendance at the UUP Conference today.

As a rural campaigning organisation, we ensure our members interests are well represented on the political stage and the party conferences are an excellent platform to allow us to do just that.

As we have said many times before, we must not become complacent and Countryside Alliance Ireland will continue to strive to ensure our members’ interests are heard at the very heart of political decision making.

We now look forward to attending the SDLP and DUP conferences in November.