Originally Posted by raygun
The only people who can issue any kind of authoritative statement is the Home Office. No good asking Doe , the GTA or AMTA as all you will get is their self interested view.
They are the people who started all this off. For 18 years all were happy with the HOC 68, including the GTA, who's members sold semi-auto's and AMTA who's members made semi-auto's.
Far be it from me to suggest that this is nothing really to do with semi-auto's but much more to do with airgunners finding out just how much they can save from buying within the E.U. and the GTA not liking it.
When did it all start off Ray? The circular from the GTA that was passed from me was I thought around May this year. But that thread on the BBS was running for around a year before that. I must admit i thought it was all kicking off around then, but it looks to me that the debate had been running for some time.
I really do wonder if this is all just the trade advising their members, and those in between them and the HO working on a misinterpretation. Granted it really doesn't help when the HO say one thing, then say another a few weeks later, but i really do wonder if the team there are even the same people that were around when that HOC went out. I remember getting the HO approval for the live fire range I was chair of and there seemed to have been some significant upheavals.
To be honest I think there's a myriad of possibilities. I guess now the advice would be not to buy one now the HO have said they aren't legal, and perhaps hope that the 'decriminalisation' of them doesn't cause any issues with ownership.
We can still get a bargain from the EU though. I know someone that's just got a rifle just over 1/2 the price it is for sale here. I don't think ruling out SA is going to do anything to stop that.