Having been in practice as a solicitor for very many years, I have been lucky enough to specialise in an area of law which is of interest to a wide range of people who enjoy country sports. Whether engaged in target shooting with a rifle or game, wildfowl or vermin shooting with a shotgun those who enjoy their sport are subject to the provisions of the Firearms Act 1968 (and its amendments).
All are bound to obtain a shotgun or firearms certificate if they wish to possess firearms, unless they are able to take advantage of an exemption to the requirements of the Act, and all should treat the granting of such a certificate as a privilege rather than a right.
That means that they are bound to act responsibility, whether carrying a gun or not. Failure to do so may result in the revocation of a certificate and the removal of the owner’s guns by the police.
I let my shotgun certificate lapse, I came to renew and now my certificate has not been granted. What can I do?
Without knowing the reason for refusal it is difficult to advise but the process involves referees, your GP, a criminal record check and inspection of where you store your gun and interview with you by the police.
Often, the only option for a person who has had his certificate revoked, or an application for the grant of a certificate refused, is to appeal to the Crown Court, where the appeal will be heard by a Judge sitting with two magistrates. This can be a difficult and expensive process.
I have advised and acted for many such people on appeals over the years both locally and nationally, often with good outcomes resulting in the granting or renewal of a shotgun or firearms certificate. Such appeals require specialist advice.
If you need advice on any aspect of firearms law, solicitors Jolliffes in Chester assures you of expert, independent advice from a lawyer who is a nationally recognised specialist.
Simon Parrington | Solicitor / Advocate & Consultant