Keeping it in the family
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.