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In the past I have enjoyed going clay shooting and was wondering what my chances are of obtaining a shotgun certificate in order to pursue the sport again?

Shooting legal advice

DAVID BARRINGTON BARNES

The relevant part of Question 15a on the shotgun certificate application form is: Do you suffer from any medical condition?

This question requires you to disclose that you have suffered a stroke, and you can assume your GP will be asked to report on your post-stroke condition.

If, as you say, you have made a good recovery, then your local firearms licensing authority will be aware of this and of the extent to which you are still, if at all, affected by it.

This should act in your favour, as the police must look at your application in the round.

They are not authorised by the Firearms Acts to speculate on whether stroke sufferers or, for that matter, those suffering from other conditions, should be automatically refused a shotgun certificate.

As you want a certificate to enable you to go clay shooting, you have a good reason for possessing a gun.

Your firearms department will then want to be satisfied that you can possess a shotgun without posing a danger to the public or a threat to the peace.

In this context, the public includes yourself.

Assuming there is nothing else against you, the decision to grant or refuse a certificate should be based on the information supplied by you and your GP, and possibly with advice from the police?s own medical officer.