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Getting A Fac For An Air Rifle (northern Ireland)

Discussion in 'Firearms Certificate (FAC) Guns' started by DavidDavidson, Sep 10, 2018.

  1. DavidDavidson

    DavidDavidson Newbie

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    So I'm thinking of applying for a FAC for an air rifle (which is a requirement here in NI, frankly it's a little silly since you can own a pistol for self defence here (around 8000 people do) but it's an example of reactionary law and how one idiot can ruin things/make things much harder for everybody else) but I'll get to the point, when I was 20 I got convicted for the possession of a small amount of diazepam and also charged with distribution as I had just given a friend money for a taxi, which they refused to believe; I was young and naive and went with that rather than sticking to my (true) story. I wasn't jailed as it was my first conviction and the quantity I was arrested with was extremely small so I got a few hours of community service instead, which I completed without any issues. I'm nearly 26 now and have wanted to get an airgun since I was about 15 years old.
    I understand responsible shooting practice (I own two crossbows which I practice target shooting in my fairly large back garden (with appropriate backstops set up around the target boss to stop any stray arrows, of which there have been none. I've had friends around who have wanted to try the bow and have handed them the bow and within the first minute taken it back as some have gripped it with their finger on the trigger and have pointed it horizontally at others (whilst unloaded) so I figured better safe than sorry.

    I have no convictions or cautions for violent crime or property crime (burglary, fraud, shoplifting, et cetera) or any other crimes that would make me appear a danger to society.

    So, based on that one conviction do you think I could manage to get a FAC for an air rifle? Would you recommend I join an air rifle club for a year or so first to be able to get a reference from them? I already have two suitable candidates for a reference (a neighbour I've had for nearly two decades who does social work and a friend I've known since secondary school) but if a rifle club owner would be a better reference then I may just drop into a rifle club for a year before getting one of my own.

    So, what do you reckon guys; do I stand a chance?
  2. wizard1963uk

    wizard1963uk Donator

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    chatham Kent
    Yes you do ...i had a conviction for ABH and convictions when i was young ..i now have a fac air rifle a 22lr and a 17hmr so it is possible. As they say the only way you will know is to apply for it and see what they say

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  3. gasman

    gasman Up a bit,,,,,,,

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    Yep I’d say so, long as you have no armed robbery lol you should be ok, joining a club is always a great idea, why not put in for a rim fire too while you at it :up:
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  4. DavidDavidson

    DavidDavidson Newbie

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    That's great news guys. I'll definitely get the forms together and read a bit further into how things work (IIRC you have to get the gun safe purchased and installed for a cursory check whilst applying, right?) then when given the cert (if you get it) you're to get the firearm/s you applied for, install them in said safe and that's that; except for the random checks of course.

    I would have to look into the costs of gun safes but I did see a 5 gun safe going for £100 second hand and since I'll be starting with an air rifle and (as I remember hearing from a family member a few years ago) you gotta get the safe to get the certificate.

    If there are any mistakes in what I've said, let me know.

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