Following advice from the Attorney General that Statutory Instruments giving effect to the firearms act amendments must apply to full sections of the Act and not to part sections, it is now the case that some of the planned roll out of the new firearms code will be delayed at least until the enactment of the Firearms Miscellaneous Bill which is due for publication on July 3rd under the Programme for Government. As a result, the intended classification of restricted firearms will not now be applied on May 1st 2008 as planned.

The various shooting organisations that make up the Firearms Consultative Panel have issued a briefing document that outlines the work of the panel to date. The briefing covers the main areas being dealt with by the Panel and include such things as the Licensing Guidelines, minimum standards for security, Club and Range guidelines, mimimum standards of competence, license fees, reloading, Firearms dealers, the three year licence, the training licence and a short synopsis of the restricted firearms SI which has already been published. This briefing also lists those items that are still being discussed by the panel and are areas of immediate concern.