Further supplementary memorandum submitted
by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
Following my appearance before the Culture,
Media and Sport Select Committee session, "London 2012 Olympics:
First Steps" on 25 October, I wish to clarify the position
on firearms legislation and the Olympics.
As you know, current firearms legislation banning
the use of small firearms affects three of the Olympic shooting
disciplines (25m pistol (30+30 shots) Women; 25m rapid fire pistol
(60 shots) Men; and 50m pistol (60 shots) Men) and prohibits these
disciplines from being practised in this country.
However, as I explained during my evidence to
the Committee, shooting competitions will be included in the 2012
Olympics. This is possible because when the Firearms (Amendment)
Bill was under consideration, a commitment was made that favourable
consideration would be given to allowing pistol shooting events
to take place should any major multi-event Games be held in this
country. The Home Secretary has powers to allow this to happen
and has already indicated that these powers will be activated
so that special arrangements can be put in place to allow pistol
shooting events at the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, as happened
at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester. These arrangements
will include a warm-up event if it is deemed necessary.
The use or transport of prohibited firearms
either by residents of Great Britain or foreign nationals will
remain prohibited outside the period covered by these special
arrangements. At present, there are no plans to amend this to
permit competitors to train using prohibited firearms in the period
up to 2012.
I hope that this clarifies the position.
11 November 2005