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Any Committee Member being absent from two consecutive meetings without reasonable cause shall be deemed to have resigned from the Committee. Committee Members unable to attend a committee meeting must notify the Secretary, preferably in writing, as soon as possible.
The Committee reserve the right to ask for the resignation of another Committee Member, providing there is a majority vote of no confidence in favour of the resignation.
A member may apply for the position of B.W.A. Area Deputy, in order to assist B.W.A. Members and to promote the B.W.A. in their area, providing that member is over 18 years of age and has had one full years membership of the B.W.A. The duration of the post will be for one year and is renewable on re-application after that time at the discretion of the B.W.A. Committee. Area Deputies will be required to give a report at regular intervals of work achieved in their area to the Area Deputy Coordinator, who will, if he/she is not a member of the B.W.A. Committee, be responsible to the B.W.A. Committee.
Should it be necessary to ban a person or persons from the B.W.A., the committee shall not be obliged to give any reason for the ban. Any members: -
Causing damage to property, or
Causing threat, fear or injury to, or
Bringing the B.W.A. name into disrepute, or
Using profanity or abusive language in front of another member or member of the general public, render themselves liable to instant dismissal from the B.W.A.
All members shall be tolerant towards all other members no matter how their interests may differ within the Western Scene.
A person shall, upon ceasing to be a member of the B.W.A., forfeit all rights to, and any claims upon the B.W.A., its property and funds.
Where guns are carried or used by members, the following rules must be STRICTLY OBSERVED:
ONLY BLANK CARTRIDGES MAY BE USED UNDER ANY AND ALL CIRCUMSTANCES UNLESS THE USE OF OTHER AMMUNITION IS AUTHORISED BY THE COMMITTEE FOR A SPECIFIC EVENT.
Only weapons specifically designed to fire blank cartridges, or firearms for which the Member has written authorisation from the proper authorities which permits the carrying and use of a firearm (to which the current firearms legislation applies for theatrical purposes) may be carried (with the exception of shotguns which are dealt with in rule 21d and 21e).
No illegal converted firearms or replicas will be tolerated under any circumstances.
Shotguns: Only Members who have written authorisation from the proper authorities, which permit the carrying of a shotgun, may carry these weapons. No live ammunition is to be carried or used under any and all circumstances unless authorised by the Committee for a specific event.
No shotgun is to be discharged within a 30 foot radius of any other person unless as part of an organised event.
Members applying to the authorities for Firearms Certificates must not do so in the name of the B.W.A. Firearms Certificates must be obtained on the merit of the individual. Members must not obtain Firearm Certificates on which “for use with B.W.A.” or “under the auspices of the B.W.A.” or similar phrase is stated, without the express written permission of the B.W.A. secretary, and after discussion with the committee.
With reference to Rule 21, In the event of an investigation or visit by the Police to a B.W.A. organised or related event, all members will be expected to stand on their own cognizance and responsibility in relation to the Laws regarding the legality and ownership of any and all weapons in their possession.
Any Committee Member or Person appointed by the committee may at any time carry out a physical check of any weapon carried by anybody at our events, including perusal of firearms certificates.
No BB guns, Air Soft, Air Rifles are to be used or brought to any B.W.A events. Other than the ones owned by or authorised by the B.W.A. for events.
Under no circumstances are any firearms to be loaded outside of the arena at any time.
THE B.W.A. DOES NOT CONDONE THE CARRYING OF OR USING OF LOADED WEAPONS (INCLUDING EDGED WEAPONS) AT ANY SOCIAL GATHERING OR IN PUBLIC PLACES. WHEN TAKING PART IN SHOWS MEMBERS ARE ADVISED TO CONTACT SHOW ORGANISERS FOR PERMISSION TO CARRY OR USE LOADED WEAPONS (INCLUDING EDGED WEAPONS). MEMBERS ARE ADVISED TO OBTAIN COPIES OF THE FIREARMS ACT, AND TO CONTACT THEIR LOCAL POLICE FOR DETAILS OF FIREARM CERTIFICATION APPLICATION.
Rule 21 will be deemed to have been amended automatically by any change in the law covering the use, ownership, and carrying of Firearms, Shotguns, “Model Guns” and Edged Weapons.