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Do I need special insurance to go shooting?

Q: Do I need special insurance to go shooting? I’m a bit confused by all this liability stuff… A: I have always thought it completely extraordinary that it is a legal requirement to be insured while driving a car but not while using a gun. But that is the case. That said, no responsible person would ever shoot without…

reloading ammunition

Loading for some friends – is it legal?

A: There is nothing in law that says you may not reload cartridges for other people as a favour. The only proviso is that you must have a firearm certificate that authorises you to possess the cartridge types your friends want you to reload. You must also ensure that the quantity that you intend to reload does not…

sporting rights

Essential questions you should be asking about your sporting rights

Reading through paperwork is seen by most of us as an inconvenience, a distraction, or an unwanted addition to our already busy lives. The only kind of paperwork that most of us enjoy lies between the covers of this magazine and tells tales of shooting exploits or fishing adventures. However, there are times when said paperwork can be a necessary evil.…

pigeon shooting

Can a shooter with one eye shoot legally?

A: No, they cannot. The police may not attach an “accompanied” condition to a shotgun certificate in the way that they may add a condition to a firearm certificate. If you are a certificate holder, then you may continue to shoot unaccompanied as you have done in the past. Were the police to believe that, because of…

transfer shotguns

How do you transfer shotguns between certificates?

A reader asked for some advice:  A friend of mine is moving house but, until his other property is ready, he would like me to hold his shotguns rather than put them in the care of a local gunshop. I appreciate that I can hold them for 72 hours without notifying the…

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Can my wife use my gun cabinet for her shotguns?

A: Every firearm and shotgun certificate carries a statutory condition which states that: “(a) The firearms and ammunition [or shotguns] to which the certificate relates must at all times (except in the circumstances set out in paragraph (b) below) be stored securely so as to prevent so far as is reasonably…

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Airguns and visiting Scotland

Q: Now that the Scottish Parliament requires residents to include airguns on their firearms certificate (FAC), how do other UK citizens fare when they take their airguns into Scotland? Presumably, the Scottish Police will not issue an FAC for owners who live outside Scotland and the other UK Police Forces cannot…

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Shotgun certificates – 10 frequently asked questions

    1. How long will it take me to get my shotgun certificate through?   This is probably the question we’re most frequently asked. A lot depends on where you live – read on for the full story …    2. How can I apply for my shotgun certificate?  A…

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Is shooting rooks a crime?

When reader Ian Taylor emailed to say he was being charged with shooting corvids, I couldn’t believe my eyes. Corvids such as rooks are on the general licence and may be shot for crop protection, protecting wild birds and a number of other reasons. The licences specify the methods which…

Sporting Answer: Visitor’s permit

Sporting Answer: Visitor’s permit

A) A Visitor’s Permit has a maximum duration of 12 months, but usual police practice is to make it valid only for the period in which the visitor is in Britain. However, if he is making repeated visits, make this clear to your local firearms licensing department, giving them the…

How can I get a transfer licence to buy a shotgun from Spain?

David Frost You need to contact the Spanish Embassy in London and ask them – http://spain.embassyhomepage.com Alternatively the Ministry of the Interior has a website at www.interior.gob.es and the main Spanish shooting organisation has one at www.fecaza.com – both are in Spanish but your relative may speak the language if…