The RCIPS says there will be no “free for all” on special licenses to use air rifles during the green iguana cull.
And RCIPS spokesperson Jacqueline Carpenter is urging cullers to be mindful of the law, especially when it comes to using weapons.
“There will be no relaxing of requirements specifically for cullers when it comes to issuing firearms licenses.”
RCIPS spokesperson Jacqueline Carpenter laying down the law when it comes doling out special licenses to allow for the use of air rifles during the green iguana cull.
“The special license gives you the ability to shoot within forty yards of a public road using an air rifle only,” she said.
The competition to capture the most green iguanas will be intense, so having a weapon would be handy. But Ms. Carpenter said to get the special license you need a firearms license which has specific requirements..
“You need to have a clean police record, you also need to demonstrate your competency handling firearms and that is usually in the form of a letter from the Gun Club saying that you have demonstrated that you are competent in the use of this firearm. You also need to have a safe at your home, a bolted firearm safe that cannot be lifted out,” she said.
Ms. Carpenter said it requires a significant financial output for the firearms license and that is apart from $100 per annum fee.
“There is a fair amount of front-end investment that is required to obtain an air rifle for the purposes of this project. So people will need to evaluate that closely as to whether that makes sense for them financially,” she said.
Ms. Carpenter said the turn around for applications will be around two weeks and the RCIPS is ready for those interested parties.
“We are prepared to deal with a higher number than usual of applications, but I do not expect there to be as many as the entire number of people who have registered to cull,” Ms. Carpenter said.
For more information on the license head over to: http://www.rcips.ky/green-iguana-cull
The cull begins this Monday (29 October.)