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Firearms Officer Visit Tomorrow

Discussion in 'Shotguns (SGC)' started by Omega man, Dec 4, 2018.

  1. Omega man

    Omega man Engaging Member

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    I’ve got my visit tomorrow from the firearms officer, to interview me for my shotgun certificate. I held a certificate many years ago, but decided not to renew as at the time I had no time for shooting.
    Things seem to have changed quite a bit from when I applied many moons ago.
    My cabinet is in place ready for inspection.
    Any advice on what to expect would be appreciated.
    Cheers.
     
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    69chris Donator

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    be yourself..........and make sure you have plenty of biscuits :up:
     
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  3. gasman

    gasman Up there for thinking, down there for dancing,,,,

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    Tea and biscuits mostly and a chat ,your be fine :thumb:
     
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  4. Omega man

    Omega man Engaging Member

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    I’ve not been concerned at all, but nerves kicked in tonight for some reason.
    Off to the shop for biscuits it is then.
     
  5. mikeyhall1

    mikeyhall1 2018 Forum Nice Guy

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    Exactly this, be accommodating and treat him like a friend.
     
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  6. EastmidsHD

    EastmidsHD Keep pullin' that trigger..

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    I had the same feo for my shotguns then section 1. I offered him tea and biscuits and he refused :D we did however have a good ol chat about this and that, I thought 'that was odd?'... Until I thought about it later and realised that all along he was weighing me up, clever bloke and to be honest a decent chap :thumb:
     
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    Had my interview just over a week ago and was also nervous!

    However, he was a great bloke and we spoke mostly about shotgun safety, what to do with misfires and blockages etc. Covered buying/selling etc and then spoke about bikes for 30mins!

    Really enjoyed it tbh

    Cert arrived a week later

    Good luck and offer chocky biscuits!
     
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    Ye nothing to worry about . If any thing like mine . Will be there 5 -10 mins max . Drink his tea and leave :)
     
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    mmamonster Big Poster

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    Just be normal with him or her.
    Atb
     
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    I had mine last week and the guy turned down my offer of tea, saying he had just had lunch.
    Very decent bloke and like most have said here, he mainly wanted to cover safety and security such as key safes and how to secure the gun while travelling. We touched on what I have mentioned in my post and he just said he didn't see a reason why I would be refused.
    Half an hour later he left leaving me all excited about spending my hard earned on shiny things!!!
     
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    My Firearms Officer just loves the ones I home bake for him.

    juust great.jpg
     
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    waisted skirt Donator

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    Just for the record, I was joking.
     
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  13. Omega man

    Omega man Engaging Member

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    Well chaps had my visit today and he was spot on.
    He was happy that I had previously held a certificate.
    Spoke about gun safety and the certificate itself. Inspected my cabinet.
    Said my new certificate will land on the mat latest after Christmas. So I’m a happy bunny.
    Bought a box of biscuits this morning but he didn’t even want a cuppa. Let alone @waisted skirt pistol shaped :D
     
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    PaulB86 Busy Member

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    Am I right in saying that you don't actually have to tell them what you intend to use your shotgun for, or in fact where?
    I know it may be wise to, but I'm sure that you don't have to tell them. for example if you get a shotgun just for clay shooting and then get invited for a days hunting, you don't have to tell them you are shooting your shotgun somewhere other than the place you mentioned when applying for your licence. not like a FAC when they have to inspect everything from your security, your integrity and the land you intend to shoot on.
     
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    Nope, when your FEO comes round for a chat they usually ask what you plan to do with it but you can go game shooting, clay busting, pigeon bashing whatever
     
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    I was also wondering (after reading form 201) How far do they go back when checking for convictions, and why do they ask for your employers details.
    my only conviction was back when I was 15, I was walking home past a school with a mate when he decided to throw a brick through a window. unfortunately the caretaker at the school who had known me and my family for years, spotted me and gave my name to the police. he saw my mate too but didn't know him. he admitted it in court but I still ended up paying half the fine for the replacement window because I was with him.
    as for work, I am in full time employment and have been with the same company for several years. why they need to know that I don't know.
    does that mean I could have my boss as one of my referees? how can you prove that two people have known you for more than two years if they don't contact them?
    is it also beneficial to be a basc member or does it not matter?
     
  17. Spray1Mark

    Spray1Mark Keyboard Hero

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    How long since you were 15?

    Paper Police records are weeded, same as licensing, however you must declare anything no matter how trivial it seems.

    Youth offences are what they are, however persistent offences show a personality trend, even persistent speeding offences can be an indication of behavioural traits.

    Attititude and respect for others is the pre-requisite here, no matter what you think of the FEO's most are retired coppers and can spot a bad attitude a mile off, If you think that it is acceptable to clout someone for no matter what reason except defending your life then you should not own a gun!
     
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    gargloit Post Whore

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    Treat him like a friend for sure, make tea, offer biscuits, but trust him just as far as you can throw him. Nod and smile but don't believe a word he says.
     
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    buffy vampire slayer Keyboard Hero

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    but definitely NOT like a friend with benefits.
     
  20. PaulB86

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    It's been 17 years. the only other run in with the police I had was when I was pulled over (as a passenger) in my mums car about four years ago. we didn't know he was trying to pull us over, and if he was we didn't know what for. he pulled in behind us and sat waiting, I took my seatbelt off and was about to get out of the car when he appeared at my mums window. he said everything was fine with her and the car but I wasn't wearing a seatbelt. as we all know arguing with the police is pointless, especially when they think they are right. I took the £30 seatbelt awareness course which I wasn't happy about, as I thought taking the course instead of a higher fine was my admission of guilt.
     
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