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Firearms laws could cause chaos at 2012 Olympics

Publié par Clifford Armion le 20/05/2010

Matt Scott

"London 2012's shooting event is heading for chaos because of Britain's draconian firearms legislation for athletes from European countries. Some European teams have been unable to compete at a clay pigeon World Cup event in Dorset this week after failing to lodge original certificates of firearms permits with UK police long in advance.

"Without having that paperwork in their possession several athletes would be in breach of their national laws to hold their firearms at home. They have also been unable to travel after they waited four to six weeks for the documentation to be handled. Indeed, in order to guarantee German athletes' participation, that nation's administrator was flown in to the UK by tournament officials - at a cost of £1,500 to the event - with a sheaf of athletes' documentation for on-the-spot processing by police.

"Perversely the law states that competitors from non-European Union nations need send only a copy of their certificates and, in cases where no official national registration system exists, a letter of permission from police departments suffices."

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"Firearms laws could cause chaos at 2012 Olympics", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), mai 2010. Consulté le 13/04/2021. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/firearms-laws-could-cause-chaos-at-2012-olympics