Jed Burn, who has represented Scotland, had his licence withdrawn after police saw a video on his Facebook page of him taking part in a "neck nomination"

Police have alleged that 24-year-old Mr Burn was standing in a wooded area dressed in underpants, Wellington boots, cap and holding a shotgun which he pointed at the sky before announcing that he was shooting pigeons. The allegation continues that he then broke open the gun, put it on the ground, picked up a litre bottle of vodka, broke the seal and drank half of it swiftly before nominating others.

In response Mr Burn said that he was drinking water, not vodka.

Police have stripped Mr Burn of his firearms certificate as a result and he will have to wait until December to attempt to get the decision overturned.

The responsibility of shooters

Commenting on the obligation shooters have to always behave in a safe and responsible manner, Christopher Graffius of the British Association for Shooting and Conservation says:

“BASC urges everyone who shoots to behave responsibly and safely with firearms. They should also consider carefully what they put on social media. People should not be surprised that behaving irresponsibly with a firearm is likely to prompt police involvement”.

Up to 165 days to get a shotgun certificate

Waiting times for shotgun and firearms certificates to come through can vary widely depending on the local forces involved – it can take from between five to 165 days.

And what is “neck nominating” anyway?

“Neck nominating” is an online drinking game in which participants have to film themselves drinking an amount of alcohol in one gulp and then upload the footage to Facebook, You Tube or another social channel.

  • Mark Johnson

    Just take up compound archery. Potentially far more dangerous than a shotgun at distance. No license or checks required. Just order on-line and delivered to your home. Used in many countries worldwide for taking down large game.

  • Brendan Townsend

    There are idiots of varying degrees and pursuasion.

    It is idiots that behave in such a way that breeds complacency with any weapon with killing potential, and then post on social media – for reasons that are quite beyond me. It is the bigger idiots that see such things and endeavor to go one better for the sake of an even more attention-seeking video.

    From an onlookers perspective, such a display does absolutely nothing to suggest a responsible adult in charge of a gun. In-fact, the total opposite.

    The chief of police has a legal duty to act on ‘suspicion’ that a man in underpants and wellies in the act of necking vodka and displaying foolish antics with a shotgun on social media, is perhaps not a responsible adult. What else is there to judge?

    If I were in such a position myself, I too would have made the same decision, rather than have such a person do, or encourage, something much worse and have higher authorities on my back as to why I failed to take decisive action.

  • Pete Stanley

    Why his firearms certificate? Surely as he was holding a shotgun, if anything (it should be nothing) it should be his shotgun certificate. Tossers.

  • NEB

    The police will look for any excuse to not renew/refuse or cancel a Firearms Certificate, people need to remember this when doing things, I’m not saying whether it was the right thing to do or not but behave responsibly if you have one