Points of law
Peter Glenser QC, firearms barrister and Basc chairman, answers your questions on shooting and the law.
QA friend of mine is keen to show a group of Armed Forces veterans my trio of best London guns from the 1930s during a reunion dinner later this year. The event is taking place near to our respective homes. He is not a shotgun certificate holder. I would like to oblige but also stay within the law. How can I do this?”
ACondition 4 on your certificate provides that: 1. (a) that any shotgun to which the certificate relates must at all times (except in the circumstances set out at (b) below) be stored securely so as to prevent, as far as is reasonably practicable, access to the shotguns by an unauthorised person; 2.(b) where a shotgun to which the certificate relates is in use or the holder of the certificate has the shotgun with him/her for the purpose of cleaning, repairing or testing it or for some other purpose connected with its use, transfer or sale, or the gun is in transit to or from a place in connection with its use or any such purpose, reasonable precautions must be taken for the safe custody of the gun.
Since your friend does not have a certificate he is not an authorised person. You cannot therefore lend him your shotguns for him to take to the dinner and allow him to display your guns. The answer therefore is for him to invite you to the dinner so that you can take them with you and keep them safe at all times.
There is nothing to stop you showing your guns to the guests and you will of course be best placed to answer any questions that the audience may have about them.
just ensure you keep a safe eye on them at all times. I am sure that they will be delighted to see a garniture of guns from the heyday of British gunmaking and will be only too pleased to have you as an additional guest at their reunion.