How to use this site:
Many BASC members want to know what their candidates’ views on shooting. This site allows you to find out where they stand. It also allows you to lobby them by email and inform BASC of their response by copying the replies you receive to politics@basc.org.uk From this information BASC will increase its knowledge of MEPs’ attitudes to shooting.

To find out your candidates’ views

From the home page click on “Search/Email your candidate”. In the next page enter your post code or constituency name. This will take you to a page listing your candidates together with any record of their attitude on shooting. This is based on their own and BASC’s assessment of their position and is rated either “supportive”, “anti”, “don't know” or “unknown”.

• Supportive = I support shooting sports conducted according to the law and best practice.

• Anti = I do not support shooting sports conducted according to the law and best practice.

• Don't know = answered don't know to the question "do you support shooting sports conducted according to the law and best practice".

• Unknown = has not yet replied.

You can also search the database by candidate’s’ name.

To lobby your candidate

From the home page click on “Search/Email your candidates” enter your postcode or your constituency name. This will take you to a page on your candidates together with any recorded position on shooting. If you want to email them click “next” at the bottom of the page.
This takes you to a draft email – we’ve given you a text you can send straight away. Alternatively you can add to or delete this and send your own email. When you’re happy with the message, fill in your details. You can preview your email before you click “send”. BASC will be informed by the system that you have sent your email – please send any response you receive to politics@basc.org.uk so that we can update the database.

Some tips:

• Always be polite and reasonable however frustrated you feel – you’ll be more successful in lobbying candidates.

• Don’t hesitate to send a “thank you for being committed to shooting” message to supportive candidates’ – it’s important that they know there’s considerable support for shooting among their constituents.

• Consider inviting candidates to look round your shoot, visit a local shooting shop or try to shoot some clays. Any shooting related activity that allows the candidate to meet constituents should be welcome.

• Remember to let BASC have any response from candidates emailing to politics@basc.org.uk