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Question carrying air pistol legality

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by jimmyhackers, Jul 11, 2014.

  1. jimmyhackers

    jimmyhackers Well-Known Member

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    once again i figure a pretty newb questions here, so bear with me please.

    i transport my airpistol and pellets in a small cheap plastic case and always keep it in my boot but i worry this isnt enough.

    does the case need a padlock/keyed locking mechanism?

    does the case need to be metal/more durable/or a specific gun case?

    is it ok to store pellets and your gun in the same case or do they need to be in seperate containers?

    i have a homemade pellet target trap (breadbin+spoons) which i take along with my gun all the time, is plinking a valid reason to have an airgun and would said trap proove so?

    is there a limit on the amount of pellets you can have on you at one time?

    thanks in advance
    jim
     
  2. r10hunter

    r10hunter Honorary Member

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    Informal target sports is a perfectly valid reason to have your airgun with you. The police need to prove beyond reasonable doubt that you don't have a valid reason to have your gun with you.
    If you say you are off shooting and you have permission somewhere that's enough.
    No limit on pellets number of guns etc.
    Cheers Andy
     
  3. edtwozeronine

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    It's all gravy unless you start to wave it around in a public place in a threatening manner.
     
  4. simonc_here

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    Although having it in the back of the car when you are at Tescos is going to be a bit tricky to explain.
     
  5. mattyts

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    Stopped for emergency chocolate supplies while heading to the range ;)
     
  6. Tazz

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    Not half as tricky as having it stuffed in your waistband at the cash till.:D
     
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    I read somewhere that 8grams of pellets is possession, anything over that you are treated as a dealer:D
     
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    No , it is not, as long as you are going to or from your place of shooting.
     
  10. simonc_here

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    I'm sorry, I don't happen to have a permission to shoot in Tescos. There is a distinct lack of rabbits and the only birds I normally find there are chickens.

    It's not going to or from your place of shooting, and anywhere you happen to go past on the way and want to stop at. It's so you can go to where you shoot and back again.

    At the end of the day its the person with the gun talking to the police who has to justify that they have a reason to have the gun in a public place, and yes, your car is a public place as defined by law.
    Which would be easier?
    Yes officer stopping me on a country road, I'm just going to that field just over there, here is my permission slip.
    OR
    Yes officer having a look in my boot in Tesco's carpark, Oh, I was just on my way to a field no where around here, honest gov.
     
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    Well who said anything about shooting in Tesco's...............................:)
     
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    simonc_here Engaging Member

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    Well if you are not shooting in Tescos' then you are not going to or from your place of shooting.
     
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    Well I cannot decide whether you are trying to be humorous or sarcastic.
     
  14. r10hunter

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    If you are doing you weekly shop then for sure you should have removed the gun.

    But if you are on route shooting and need fuel or pack up its perfectly reasonable to stop somewhere.
    What if you are driving a long distance to a shooting competition.?
    Or if you use guns at work at some point you will have to go to a garage, DIY store, chip shop etc and you can't take your guns home so you lock them in the boot.
    If you have been shooting pigeons in the afternoon and are rabbiting in the evening it's reasonable to go to Tesco to get some tea.
    The police need to prove you don't have a valid reason to have the gun with you beyond reasonable doubt.
    Cheers Andy
     
  15. Alex.B

    Alex.B Keyboard Hero

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    Can I just ask , how would are boys in blue know you had them in the car :confused:.
    If I take mine for a ride they are in the back under the parcel shelf for no-one to see , its not as if you would leave 2 k on full view is it ?
     
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    If it is in a case I can't see the issue whether it is in the boot or being carried around.

    I am not aware that carrying a cased pistol is an offence. Not everyone drives to and from where they shoot.

    Out of the case yes.
     
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    If you had it wrapped in a tea towel,stashed in the glove box then you're just asking for trouble but have it in the boot or back seat in a locked pistol case,I don't see a problem.
     
  18. Trouserferret

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    I wear mine on a shoulder holster and flash it to cashiers/police, kinda Kenneth Williams.

    They really like it, there's a siren goes off when someone is really impressed with it.

    Edit: The above post should be taken with a pinch of salt, and in no way should you draw a weapon at another human being. The cops have bigger guns than you.
     
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  19. mattyts

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    The siren is a rating,the louder it is,the more they like it,I once maxed it out with two Hw45s
     
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    That would explain why the bookies liked my buddy's Desert Eagle so much then! :D
     

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