Royal Mail is proposing to amend its current postal schemes from November 2012 to prohibit the acceptance and conveyance within their network of guns, including those for sporting use, air weapons and their respective component parts and some accessories. See Royal Mail Consultation Document
Scottish Land & Estates questions the necessity for this measure and the motivation for it at this time. There appears from the consultation document to be no evidence of any problem having arisen through the carriage of sporting firearms or their components. Firearms legislation specifically permits Royal Mail to carry firearms in the course of their business albeit with some reasonable checks and balances in place.
We are concerned that only one option is considered in the consultation namely to prohibit such carriage completely. Other options should have been considered, for example, suggested reasonable precautions for safe custody and a reporting procedure for loss or theft or even a partial prohibition on specific weapons (based on risk analysis) whilst permitting carriage of other weapons, components and accessories. The fact that no alternatives have been considered and no risk analysis seems to have been carried out suggests Royal Mail’s approach has been unduly restrictive and disproportionate to any perceived problem.
We are particularly keen to hear from members who currently use the Royal Mail to send or receive firearms, components or accessories.
The consultation closes on 17 September 2012.