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According to the Scotsman, last year, a 10 year old was recently granted a license for a shotgun. Figures show that many other teenagers in Lothian and Borders Area were granted licenses.
A 13 year-old, five 14 year-olds and 11 children aged 15 were also granted gun licenses.
The 2012 Paralympic Shooting will be held at the The Royal Artillery Barracks, Arsenal, London. There will be four temporary indoor ranges for Pistol and Rifle Shooting and outdoor shotgun ranges for Trap and Skeet events. Each shooting range will have a temporary spectator grandstand built especially.
Last month Singapore’s Shooters Team achieved five gold medals at the New Delhi Commonwealth Games, two of them from Singapores best female shooter, Jasmine Sur. They are hoping to repeat the stirling performance in the coming Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.
The confidence of the Singpore team has boosted over recent years and they aiming higher still. Jasmine is already getting fired up with ambition to compete in London’s 2012 Olymipics. The Singapore Shooting Team is currenlty building a new intergrated Air Weapons Shooting Range with electronic scoring in preparation for the games.
See more about Jasmine Ser.
Earlier this week the ‘UK’s biggest stag known as the Exmoor Emperor was shot dead by a roadside during mating season. The Emperor of Exmoor was just under 9ft tall to the tips of the antlers, and weighted in excess of 300lb.
Various reports suggest that the hunter could claim £2000 for the head, and up to £400 for the venison.
Although the shooting was carried out by a licensed shooter, there have been angry cries from animal rights groups. They are furious that the killing took place near a roadside, and that the mating season was not finished.
There are now calls to have the Wild Red Stags protected during mating season. In recent years Exmoor has become a popular destination for tourists seeking “wild shooting ranges“.
According to Goverment statistics, approximately 350,000 deer are culled annually.