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Rule 9.37 Shooting

a. This rule applies to the use of firearms as defined in law (note that this term includes airguns) and also to the use of crossbows with a draw weight of 1.4kg or greater.

b. Before engaging in shooting as an activity Leaders should take account of local feelings on shooting.

c. Shooting at targets representing human beings or animals is not permitted as a part of any Scout activity, nor on property owned or leased by, or used in the name of, the Scout Movement.

d. For each young person under the age of 18 years of age, the leader of the activity must obtain written permission from each young person's parent/guardian before undertaking the activity, or series of activities.

e. The parent/guardian should be supplied with detailed information on the nature of the activity when permission is sought. An example form is available on the shooting pages of the website. Where other forms are used they should at least include this information.

f. No firearms, may be acquired, held or used by any Scout unit or campsite unless the Group Scout Leader, District Explorer Scout Commissioner or Campsite Manager as appropriate has ascertained, understands and complies with any statutory requirements or bye laws relating to their possession and use.

g. Firearms may be taken on to Scout premises so long as permission is sought from the owner or their representative and the person responsible for the activity (i.e. site warden/ manager or District Commissioner).

h.    In no circumstances may any person handling any firearm or crossbow at any Scout premises, camp site, camp or a Scout project or expedition, indulge in indiscriminate firing.

i. In every case, shooting must be supervised by a competent and appropriately qualified Range Officer who must have a knowledge of the correct use of the firearms being used and shall be responsible for ensuring compliance by all persons in the range with the relevant range safety and other rules.

j. Wherever practical, shooting ranges should be out of bounds, except during the specified times for shooting.

k.    Members may practise target shooting with firearms, whether requiring a Firearms Certificate or not, under any of the following circumstances:

l.    Members may practise shooting with air guns which do not require a Firearms Certificate [except that in Northern Ireland a Firearms Certificate is always required] as follows:

m. Members may use firearms for historical re-enactment purposes as a member or guest of a club affiliated to the National Association of Re-enactment Societies and operating in accordance with their standards and codes of practice. Members using firearms under this rule remain subject to Rule 9.37c (which forbids shooting at targets representing human beings or animals).

n. The person in charge of crossbow activities where the crossbow has a draw weight in excess of 1.4kg must hold a minimum of YPS Tutor Sport Crossbow qualification from the NSRA. Where members taking part in the activity are under the age of 18, the Range Officer or another person supervising participants in the activity must be aged not less than 21.

Further guidance is available to support all of the above on the shooting pages of scouts.org.uk.


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