I’m a disabled gun owner, target shooter, occasional hunter and for anyone that follows my work a very open Libertarian. I believe that people should be left alone as long as they don’t hurt anyone else and I don’t view firearm ownership as something evil or indeed that should be feared.
A firearm after all is merely a tool, an inanimate object, mine for example will never be weapons as I use them solely for shooting paper, steel and the occasional harvest. They will never be pointed at any person and remain locked up as required by law when not in use for what they are licensed for. My experience of other firearm owners in the UK is very much the same, they are a very responsible lot that take firearms very seriously and operate them with safety and extreme caution.
So it’s always struck me as rather unfair with regards to how firearm owners are treated by MPs making legislation and indeed some police agencies/licensing depts. Don’t get me wrong some licence depts are fantastic with their turn around time and overall fairness however some really aren’t, then no system is perfect but I digress.
From the moment I got my own FAC I took out insurance and paid into shooter advocate groups (I will refer to them as legacy orgs from here on) that I felt would do what the Gun Owners Of America do over the pond and actually lobby, petition, protect and fight for shooting and gun culture here in the UK. Many shooters advised the likes of BASC or Countryside Alliance for example so each year I paid various legacy orgs as I openly support debate on current legislation and want to see a return to common sense in UK Firearms legislation.
My opinion over the years however started to sour a little in regards to progress I’d seen achieved and indeed the methods employed. I also noticed hostility from certain groups if I was vocal of my distaste or for being too open with my thoughts on how I feel legislation is failing and needs reviewed.
Then something happened in the UK that as a disabled shooter left me angry and disappointed. The outright banning of M.A.R.S and lever release rifles that made life easier for many disabled shooters like myself in the United Kingdom based on nothing more than “what if” hypothetical scenarios and pressure from NABIS and certain anti firearm MPs. 50 cals narrowly escaped the same fate thanks entirely to a 50 cal shooting groups efforts.
To me this was terrible but what was worse in my eyes was an apparent lack of action by those I’d paid to protect shooting, I didn’t see any fight, zip, nada. Myself and other shooters did our best online to rally support with no funding but to no avail, yet again legal shooters were limited by legislation drafted that automatically vilified us all, that we can’t be trusted, that we need to be treated with suspicion.
Fast forward a few months and I found myself in Atlanta Georgia, a very firearm friendly state and one wherein I observed civilians with pistols on their hips quite regularly and to be honest I felt perfectly safe – but then I grew up surrounded by guns in Northern Ireland during the conflict here, one of my early memories is a friendly soldier letting me look into the scope of his SA80.
While attending an Olight product launch I was looking around the gun shop it was held in and noticed this sticker…..
And suddenly it hit me like a ton of bricks, we don’t have a fightback in the UK, we just have continual bending over so as hopefully no MPs pay much attention and leave certain disciplines of shooting alone. To me that’s what the legacy orgs care about and anything else like “black rifles” or target is fair game for sacrifice. My own opinion of course but one that keeps being given validity by actions.
It struck me that perhaps someone in the UK needed to form an organisation that would try to get pistols back at least in 22 for sport on the mainland. That would try to reverse airsoft legislation and over reaction for anything firearm shaped.
That perhaps such an organisation would have fought tooth and nail to protect the disabled shooters using M.A.R.S rifles and that a paying membership could build a fund to help finance such proactive tactics as to engage the debate.
So from that moment on the ball was rolling in my mind and the ORC was born.
An organisation that embraces the 21st century in regards to social media and connectivity, that will stand up and say what needs to be, that will challenge unfair policy and actively lobby for more rights for the firearm owner. And not just one type of shooter, all shooters that follow the law and want to be treated like adults.
With the recent joint announcement by legacy orgs calling for a “phasing out” (voluntary ban) on lead shot without consulting shooters, cartridge manufacturers (who came right out and said the orgs were telling porkies and it can’t be done) or anyone else of note it’s made the setting up of the ORC accelerate somewhat in its genesis.
I won’t go into the he said she said drama as quite frankly each announcement the legacy orgs make cementing their stance on steel shot so supermarkets will buy game meat from massive shoots only further alienates them from the majority that shoot in the UK.
The ORC is desperately needed in the 21st century as I feel the legacy orgs have lost their way. While I’m perfectly happy to liase with those involved I feel now is the time to set sail on a new ship and in a new direction.
The ORC will be open for membership soon and I invite you to join us, better still help us fight back as a crew member if you have expertise in an area that can help us gain back ground. The UK has become deathly afraid of firearms and we want to mount a pro shooting sport campaign to change that via modern means.
Let’s be pro active, let’s challenge unfair legislation, let’s lobby and organise – the time for unity is now.
Welcome to the Horde, welcome to the ORC.
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