Revocation of Shot Gun Certificate (“SGC”) - Theft of shotguns from vehicle parked in pub car park. Alleged breach of Condition 4(b) of SGC
Mr C is a farmer who needs shotguns for deer control and crop protection. He also enjoys game shooting. After a day’s shooting C and others went for pub supper. C left his guns covered up in the footwell of his locked vehicle. He also separated the ammunition. After supper C left the pub and discovered that a window was smashed, the car broken into and his shotguns stolen. The guns were never recovered.
C’s Firearms Department revoked his Shotgun and Firearms Certificate alleging he had not taken the necessary steps for security of shotguns in transit.
C appealed to his local Crown Court against the decision. ShootingLaw advised Mr C on the law and requirements regarding security of shotguns in transit, taking Statements and collecting and collating references. ShootingLaw introduced Mr C to a barrister through the direct access provisions. ShootingLaw accompanied Mr C and the barrister and continued to provide advice throughout.
Mr C won his Appeal and in his Judgment the Judge commented that he accepted that Mr C concealed and covered the guns as best he could and had left them in a locked and alarmed car. In all these circumstances he did not regard Mr C as someone who would normally pose a danger to the public safety or the peace and having learned his lesson and having taken into account all the Court had heard from him and read about him the Judge did not think there is justification for the revocation of his Certificates.
This decision was later attacked by a correspondent who claimed to be writing on behalf of the shooting community but he was actually a Firearms Licensing Officer.
As a result of the theft Mr C obtained a security cable to enable him to secure his shotguns to a convenient fixing in the footwell of his vehicle.