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British Westerners association constitution

21] Where guns are carried or used by members, the following rules must be STRICTLY OBSERVED:


21a] 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.


21b] 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).


21c] No illegal converted firearms or replicas will be tolerated under any circumstances.  


21d] Shotguns: Only Members who have written authorisation from the proper authorities, which permit the carrying of a shotgun, may carry these weapons.


21e] No live ammunition is to be carried or used under any and all circumstances unless authorised by the Committee for a specific event.


21f] 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.


21g] 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.


21h] 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.


21i] 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. committee 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


22] Individual Members may, if they wish, put on, or help with, western shows without consulting the Committee, providing the B.W.A. is not mentioned in any publicity for such a show. The B.W.A. will not be held responsible for any mismanagement or accident, which may occur to any person or property at these shows.


23] The B.W.A. will not be held responsible for any loss of or damage to property during any B.W.A. event or B.W.A. Affiliated event.


24] Any member or Committee Member acting on behalf of the B.W.A. shall notify the B.W.A. secretary when organising or negotiating any venue or show on behalf of the B.W.A. Copies of   correspondence between Members and party or parties concerned shall be sent to the B.W.A. secretary so that it may be entered in the B.W.A. Files.


25] If a member wishes to call on the resources of, or use the name B.W.A. in any respect, then the Committee must be consulted beforehand to ensure that the “Western Scene” will not be bought into disrepute with the general public.


26]  If a person relinquishes their membership and then renews after a year or more, that person cannot retain their original Membership number unless all back-subscriptions are paid.


26a] A person who so renews their membership cannot stand for committee (even with previous committee membership) without another full years membership of the B.W.A


26b] A committee member or an Area Deputy must renew their membership within three months of expiry or face automatic removal from office.


27] Should the B.W.A cease to exist, or if at any time the committee feel that it is no longer a viable proposition to continue, The B.W.A. funds and properties, and funds from the sale of such   properties, shall not be distributed among the Committee or Membership, but shall be donated to such organisations or charities as the Trustees deem appropriate once all bills have been paid for.


28] Any member who wishes to collect for charities at other events other than round-up in the name of the B.W.A must do so only with express written consent from the Secretary, after discussion regarding if it is in the clubs best interest.


29] Non members can take part in the events for fun, but will not be in the results for the trophies.


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The Trustees are : Robert Mills, Mark Gaden and Dot Beacham.

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