Keep­ing it in the fam­ily

Sporting Shooter - - Ask The Experts -

QA good friend of mine has a col­lec­tion of seven or eight old, walk­ing stick-type shot­guns, which date back a num­ber of years. I be­lieve the guns are .410 gauge. He has told me that if I can get them onto my cer­tifi­cate, or the cer­tifi­cate of my son, I can have them when he fin­ishes his shoot­ing ca­reer.

The guns them­selves can­not be shot, as some have slightly curved bar­rels, and are out of proof. I would never dream of try­ing them, but I be­lieve the col­lec­tion as a whole is too good for the melt­ing pot, and should be pre­served as part of the her­itage of shoot­ing.

I have been told that I/my son would not be able to have them and that they will get de­stroyed once he gives up his cer­tifi­cates. (He has coter­mi­nous firearms and shot­gun cer­tifi­cates.) Is there any way that the guns could be handed on to my­self or my son to keep the col­lec­tion to­gether?

ADIGGORY HADOKE replies: This col­lec­tion should be suited to a han­dover for in­her­i­tance pur­poses. You need to dis­cuss the mat­ter with your Firearms En­quiry Of­fi­cer. There is pro­vi­sion within ex­ist­ing leg­is­la­tion for col­lec­tors to have walk­ing stick shot­guns as items for in­ter­est rather than use. I’d make a call and dis­cuss it with the po­lice well in ad­vance.

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