Shotgun Certificate with previous convictions

#1
Reading through the application form for a shotgun certificate, you are required to list any previous convictions.
I have a raft of motoring convictions over the years plus a conviction many years ago for forgery.

How dimly are plod likely to look upon these? Is it a waste of time applying?

I have a hankering to take up clay shooting but if there is little chance of getting a shotgun certificate it knocks the idea on the head.
 
#2
Have you done more than 5 years inside? Contact your local Firearms licencing branch and ask them.
 

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#6
If you convictions add up to you drink driving an uninsured car to commit fraud then I wouldn't bother.
Joking aside, if you haven't done jail time and non of your offences involved firearms then you should be ok. It's at least worth trying.


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#9
They're generally not right bothered about motoring convictions other than drunk driving (recklessness with a dangerous device). Though I suppose if you have a hatful of speeding convictions that when seen together bring the phrase 'bellend' to mind, it might give them pause for thought.

An ancient forgery conviction isn't likely to be an issue, though they could always cite it as part of the grounds for refusal if they conclude that you are a dick.
 
#11
Don't forget to mention cautions, even verbal ones. They're looking for what you don't tell them just as much as what you do. The buggers know more about you than you do!
 
#12
They won't let me have one:

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#13
Have you done more than 5 years inside?
Where did you get five years from? It has no basis in law.

A sentence of three years or more results in a lifetime ban. A sentence of three months but less that three years results in a five year ban. (Ref: 1968 Firearms Act.) And is it is sentence that counts, not service.

Anything else may be taken into by the licensing constabulary when deciding whether one can hold a Firearm or Shotgun Certificate with due regard to public safety. For example, Drunk & Disorderly may lead them to decide that one is of intemperate habits and so cannot be trusted with a firearm.

Under the 1968, no convictions are exempt under the Rehabilitation of Offender Act. You MUST list everything, including traffic violations. Having said that, a Police Caution is NOT a conviction.
 
#15
Reading through the application form for a shotgun certificate, you are required to list any previous convictions.
I have a raft of motoring convictions over the years plus a conviction many years ago for forgery.

How dimly are plod likely to look upon these? Is it a waste of time applying?

I have a hankering to take up clay shooting but if there is little chance of getting a shotgun certificate it knocks the idea on the head.
A RAFT of motoring offences & one for forgery?

You have clearly broken the eleventh commandment on Numerous occasions?

Don't bother applying!

There are already too many throbbers with guns, we don't need anymore.

Take up golf instead!
 
#16
List everything let the FEO sort it out
Thankfully I did because lo and behold my FEO turned up with an incident folder from over 30 years ago
 
#18
It may not be a conviction but I do know of someone that was declined for not disclosing a caution.
I know someone who had to appeal to be granted a FAC after disclosing a caution. Although a farmer and thus able to demonstrate 'need', and a teetotaler, one day the postie ran over his dog and then drove off leaving the poor animal to expire of its wounds over half an hour. The farmer witnessed the last minutes of this (neighbours had seen the actual event), had out of mercy to dispatch his dog with a wheelbrace, and sought out the chap forthwith, words were exchanged and he perhaps understandably twatted the sod.

When plod hauled him in, he put his hands up to it rather than claim that the bloke was about to punch him and say he acted in self defence etc, and like a bloody fool accepted a caution.
 
#19
It may not be a conviction but I do know of someone that was declined for not disclosing a caution.
Then the applicant should complain to the Constabulary followed, if necessary with an appeal, because the police have acted "ultra viras". That is to say, they have acted above their powers. They can take a Police Caution into account when assessing the applicant in terms of public safety but not not because they think he as filled the form in incorrectly.

BTW, the BASC legal advice is very clear on Cautions - NEVER accept one. If the police have a case, let them prove it in court.
 

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