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Case 236 - Ban on laser sights in rifle range

Issue

A notice printed at a local rifle range stated that under health and safety laws, laser sights were not to be used. The enquirer has asked the panel if this is an actual law or a myth.

Panel decision

The use of telescopic laser sights on a range at a Rifle Club is not banned by health and safety at work legislation. The club should have control measures in place to ensure guns are used safely and these controls should be sufficient to ensure any risks to people’s eyes are also adequately controlled when using laser sights.
Other clubs are known to ban laser sights because they are considered unsporting; this club may have specific reasons for not allowing their use but they should explain these clearly rather than simply citing "health and safety".

2013-12-11