Anyone entering our club grounds carries a responsibility to ensure that they act in a safe manner and within the law.
As a club we try to teach you how to do that from your very first visit and we have excellent safety rules and an excellent safety record. We try to keep everyone safe and we need your help to do that.
Juniors are most welcome at our club and are some of our most talented shooters but if you bring children to shoot at Tawd Vale then you are fully responsible for ensuring that they too act in a safe way and within the law.
Many parents do not know the law in relation to Airguns and young people - please read this then ask for further detail if you are unclear.
The Firarms Act 1968 later amended by the Anti Social Behaviour Act of 2003 and more recently the Violent Crime Reduction Bill makes it illegal for any person under the age of 14 years to be in possession of an Air Rifle or ammunition. (Note the OR AMMUNITION - don't put pellets in pockets)
The exclusion to that is when a) They are on land where they have permission to shoot (as we do at Tawd Vale) AND b) When they are being supervised by a person over the age of 21.
Therefore there are NO circumstances at all when a Junior should be walking around with a rifle or even simply be in posession of one – unless they are actually walking with or being directly supervised by an adult. You should supervise your Juniors at all times.
We ask one or two very simple things:- All parents/guardians should personally supervise their children under 14 years old at all times on the club grounds.- All under 14 year old should wear a "Hi Vis" Jacket (Orange - we have these at the club - free)- If you are shooting, the junior should put his gun down - because you are not supervising them.
If you are shooting, the junior should put his gun down - because you are not supervising them.
If you are a parent or Guardian then it is even more complicated but if you break the law even accidentally– it’s classed as a firearms offence. Also many Airgun offences are “Absolute” that means there is no defence in law.
We have our safety rules and guidance.
Please learn and understand them.
We have an online resource to try and help and keep all members informed.
Any questions please ask.