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From the Chairman and Media Spokesman Joe Kelly:

As a result of the fundamental and despicable change of policy made by The Sportsman's Association by indicating it's acceptance and support for the issuing of section 5 authority for "selected competitors" in preparation for the Olympic Games, National Shooting Association has been formed.  N.S.A. sees this 'officers only' policy as nothing short of a betrayal of the interests of ordinary shooting enthusiasts in the U.K.

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National Shooting Association is committed to vigorously pursuing a policy of full compliance on the part of H.M. Government with the Olympic Charter in both letter and spirit as non compliance with The Olympic Charter is inconsistent with membership of the Olympic movement:

Belonging to the Olympic Movement requires compliance with the Olympic Charter and recognition by the IOC.                                                                                                    Fundamental Principles of Olympism 6

National Shooting Association opposed the granting of section 5 authority for a small elite which served to discriminate against all those who wished to participate, even at a non international level, in a recognised sporting activity with a long and noble tradition in the U.K. and elsewhere, and which has been included in the modern Olympic Movement since its inception.

National Shooting Association views the granting of section 5 authority to the Olympic elite as being inconsistent with the Olympic Charter which states that:

Every individual must have the possibility of practising sport, without discrimination of any kind.                                                                                                            Fundamental Principles of Olympism 4

National Shooting Association finds it unacceptable that foreign Olympic competitors were allowed take part in a sporting activity within the U.K. from which U.K. citizens are excluded upon threat of imprisonment.

Any form of discrimination with regard to a country or a person on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic Movement.                                                                                                                                                Fundamental Principles of Olympism 5

Read the full text of "Fundamental Principles of Olympism" on: www.olympic.org/uk/organisation/missions/charter_uk.asp




Biography of:

Frank Gear, university lecturer,  F.R.A.S.  BSc. Chem .Eng

I began shooting at an early age being brought up very much as a "Countryman". But my FAC was not granted until 1952 by the then Reading Borough Police. I have held an FAC continuously since that date.

It was in the mid fifties early sixties that I reached my peak in rifle shooting when I won the Army Championships my Regimental Championship (National Service) and represented my county, Berkshire, in standing and kneeling small bore competitions and in full bore rifle competitions. During the fifties, sixties and early seventies there was hardly a weekend that I was not shooting at Bisley. In fact I did on two occasions reach the second stage of the Queens prize

I regard the banning of legally held hand guns as an infringement of my personal rights as enshrined in the Coronation Oath, and the Declaration and Bill of Rights of 1688/9 and I campaign to see our right to practice the sport of pistol shooting in our own country in accordance with the Olympic Charter

I believe that the expertise and experience that I have had in running my own company, will prove an asset to the Association

As an active member of a political party I work towards the restoration of target pistol shooting for law abiding inhabitants of these islands, and the continuation of their right to own firearms and engage in the shooting sports of their choice



Constitution of the National Shooting Association