Points of law

Shooting Gazette - - Elevenses -

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.

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