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FAC and Shotgun Licence?

Discussion in 'Firearms Certificate (FAC) Guns' started by WebleyExcel, May 4, 2012.

  1. WebleyExcel

    WebleyExcel Junior Member

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    Might be a stupid question but can i get a FAC and a shotgun licence without owning any shotguns or rifles over 12ft lbs?
     
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    yes you can. In fact you have too!

    you cannot buy a shot gun or firearm without a license. Therefore you must obtain the licenses before you purchase.

    With shotgun you can buy as many shotguns as you like once you have the license. With FAC you have to specify what calibre of rifle you want and also have a good reason for needing it. Then your local force will grant you a "slot" on your FAC to go and purchase one rifle of the same description to fill that slot.

    HTH
     
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    ok thanks man well would controling fox number be a good enough reason to have one i have about 70 acres of land that i can shoot on ?
     
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    For shotgun all you have to say is that you want to shoot clay and control pests. End of! You dont need to specify land or anything for shotgun, you yourself have to decide if land is suitable to shoot on or not.


    With the FAC you will need to specify the land you wish to shoot on. If it is not certified for the calibre you require then the cheif firearms officer must inspect the land and say yes or no to shooting requested calibre.

    With regards to fox, yes it is a good enough reason. However, forces seem to vary from place to place as to what calibre you need to shoot a fox with. Some will allow with .22lr, most will only allow with .17hmr and a small few seem to insist on centre fire as a minimum. If your force says centrefire as a minimum then I think you might struggle with only 70 acres. Depending on the land you should be ok with rimfire. Best bet is to speak with your firearms dept and ask them what calibre your land is certified for prior to making any requests or applications.

    Having said all of that, a 12ga shotgun with the right carts is enough of a tool to take fox down at close range!

     
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    Thanks again for the info mate, ill just get my shotgun licence for now then . Is there any reason why i shouldn't be given a shotgun licence??
     
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    Not unless your a serial killer, Have a history of drug or drink abuse or mental health problems! :) I'm sending my application off tomorrow, Can't wait!
     
  7. WebleyExcel

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    ok thanks man, just filling mines out just now.:)
     
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    Nice one, Remember they have to have a good reason not to give you the certificate. Just make sure you know about safety/Handling firearms etc and when they ask why you want it...Don't say home defense! :rolleyes:
     
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    yeh im just going to say ill be shooting clay pidgeons.
     
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    I'd mention the fox control as well, fella.
     
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    ok thanks will do, who should i get to sign it saying that theres no reason why i shouldn't have a shotgun licence? and does anyone know how much they cost?
     
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    Shotgun cert costs £50, coterminouts shotgun and firearms certs cost £60, so you save £40 if you get them both at once.

    Any upstanding member of the community (basically anyone with a professional job involving the public) is good. They have to have known you for more than two years.
     
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    ok thanks :)
     
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    I would also recommend joining the CPSA.
    It helps to strengthen your application for a shotgun, and makes you seem like a more trusted person with one.
     
  15. Tailormadefun

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    If your going for FAC get BASC membership, it's insurance covers rifles and shotguns, the CPSA only covers shotguns

     
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    Im a member of both :D
    The CPSA (if your a club member) gives you access to there shooting event, and to basically any CPSA shooting ground.
     
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    id just go for SGC at the moment, i was going to apply for both but decided just to go for SGC as i didnt want to get it rejected and have troubles when i re apply
    shotguns are good for foxes out to a maximum of about 40 yards with a good heavy cartridge around 50gr anyway
     

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