Conor visited the recently refurbished Vulcan Rifle Club to meet with club members and try out the shooting range.
The new clubhouse replaces the old rifle range as part of St Modwen’s redevelopment of the area. The large scale redevelopment includes a housing development, a play area and a new home for Vulcan Bowling.
Whilst at the club, Conor tried his hand at shooting a .22 rifle at a 25yd target and spoke to members about the sport. One of the issues raised by the club was the proposed rise in the cost of processing firearms licences, which could see the club having to pay a huge increase from хЃ84 to хЃ1050.хЪThe cost increase of 1250% would put financial pressure on Vulcan and many other rifle clubs across the country.\n
“I would like to thank club Chairman, Michael Hesketh, and Secretary, Ken Skidmore, for their invitation to visit the new range.
“It is fantastic news that the membership of the club has increased since the new range has opened.
“It was, however, concerning to hear about Home Office proposals. The Government should be doing all it can to support clubs like Vulcan, rather than hampering them with over a 1000% increase in firearm licensing costs.
“I have taken this matter up with both the Home Office and Department for Culture, Media and Sport and will continue to monitor the situation closely.”