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Discussion in 'Shotguns (SGC)' started by Scott647, Jan 20, 2020.

  1. Scott647

    Scott647 Newbie

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    So I've applied for my license for the first time and recieved a letter to say they will be coming to see me which could take over an hour. Could anyone tell me what to expect
     
  2. mmamonster

    mmamonster Very Active

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    They will come out ask you why you want a gun, have a brew / chat and look at your cabinet.
    Atb
    Mart
     
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  3. Sarge

    Sarge Busy Member

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    Just know why you want a shotgun. Self defence is not a good thing to mention.;)

    Be honest in any answer and know your reasons, be it artificial targets/clays or pigeons/game etc. Some idea of where you'll be using the guns would be handy but I'm guessing you'll have all these answers already or you wouldn't be applying (although I'm sure some people just apply without a clue and having only shot a gun at a friend's once).

    ETA: Don't worry about this, it's not really scary, and Good Luck.
     
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    Blue BSA Keyboard Hero

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    I am always amazed when I come across such individuals. It isn't a minor thing to get a licence. Some of them even seem to have bought a rifle or shotgun without the faintest inkling of the specs of the make and model beyond calibre / bore.
     
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    Innotts Engaging Member

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    Join a club and have a couple of lessons - shows you're serious and will get you started on gun safety.

    Things I was asked:-

    1. Where/what do you shoot?

    2. Questions about shotgun safety. https://basc.org.uk/codes-of-practice/shotgun-safety-code-of-practice/ and https://www.durham.police.uk/Inform...-firearms-licensing/Pages/Shotgun-Safety.aspx

    3. Any convictions - make sure you declare all you can remember. You can request a list of your convictions stored by the police if you have any and can't remember the details. https://www.acro.police.uk/Subject-access. Any you have forgotten to enter on the form, bring them up at the interview (they will have a list). It's a point in your favour for honesty. If you have already declared and didn't get the dates quite right, it shouldn't matter.

    4. How much you drink, and what is the government recommended maximum consumption?

    5. Any relevant medical problems current or in the past? Both yourself and anyone else who lives with you.

    6. Security - alarms, CCTV, door and window locks. Mine is pretty standard and didn't cause any problems.

    7. They will examine your gun cabinet if you already have one. I did (for my air rifles) and had a couple of recommendations which I implemented after my cert arrived. If you don't, you will not get your cert until it's installed, but you can ask advice about suitable positioning so that when it comes around, everything should be in the correct place. Make sure it can't be easily seen. There is a booklet here, but it's only guidelines and individual Police Forces and even FEOs interpret it differently. Store your ammunition separately and securely. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/firearms-security-handbook

    8. Who lives in the house with you? Think particularly about children and how you will make sure they cannot access your guns or ammunition.
     
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  6. Scott647

    Scott647 Newbie

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    Awesome answer thanks buddy
     
  7. 69chris

    69chris Donator

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    make sure theres some decent biscuits in the tin - im almost positive its the deciding factor :D
     
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    Every FEO has his/her own list of questions. Some are super keen some not. In my case and this was only ten years ago. The question was, why are you applying and I told him that a friend had a beautiful little 410 he was selling on behalf of a dead mate and I just could not let it go to anyone else. "fine" "are you going to be shooting it?" Probably not" "OK lets have a look at your cabinet". I got my licence a week later.
    I think a lot depends on your age and locality but just be yourself and have read the rules on keys etc.
    Also while you have already had some excellent advice you DO NOT have to store shotgun cartridges securely no more than having them inside. and not kicking about in your car.
    Try securing 2000 12g cartridges! they take up a lot of space and some folk will have even more.
     
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  9. Johnphilip

    Johnphilip Well-Known Member

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    If you have a cabinet all ready fitted , then keep your keys in your pocket when they call and tell them the spare set are hidden away and no one else in the house knows were they are . Did you have a medical form to be filled in by your doctor.
     
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    Scott647 Newbie

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    They havent asked but shouldn't have any issues
     
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    eradic8r Engaging Member

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    Hi Scott. Sounds good so far but a couple of little tips. Defo get cabinet fitted, get one bigger than you think (you'll get the bug lol) and get a little combination safe to keep keys separate from everyone. Good luck mate thumb(2).gif
     
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  12. tinmanofkent

    tinmanofkent Rice and Pea and Ting

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    SGC is hard for the police to refuse.

    You already know if there is something in your past or present that could be an issue.

    If you don’t bash your wife or get violent or have depression on your medical record it should be plain sailing.
     
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  13. Stone-E-Broke

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    Ensure you/FEO understand no one else(partner/other) will know where the gun cabinet keys are kept (other than maybe stating location in sealed will at solicitors).
    Key requirement is that no one else (including FEO) can access them.
     
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    I accept what you say but why should the FEO not know where you hide the keys. He/she is not daft "far from it" and the key location can be altered as soon as the interview
    is over
     
  15. Stone-E-Broke

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    Guess it’s a game, shows you aren’t willing to let anyone know‍♂️
    Also, sensible to ask for some form of official ID when they turn up (as not normally in uniform).
     
  16. tinmanofkent

    tinmanofkent Rice and Pea and Ting

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    If you have made the appointment with the FEO to turn up and he does then don’t ask for ID. That’s weird.

    Don’t point out that you will be the only one who knows where the keys are either. All that goes without saying.

    Don’t offer anything, just reply sensibly to questions asked, nothing more.
     
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  17. Stone-E-Broke

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    Each to their own.

    1- mine was (pleasantly surprised), said only 3rd in 2 years to do so.
    2- agree not to offer info, but if asked, be reticent for reasons I gave.
    As another poster said, keys in pocket for visit duration, advising secured in hidden location otherwise.
     
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  18. tinmanofkent

    tinmanofkent Rice and Pea and Ting

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    The reality is if you say you want a gun for clay shooting and you don’t have mental health issues, violent or criminal past you are good to go. Everything else is bunk.
     
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    I told mine I hide my spare keys in my angle grinder box! She said, that's a great idea!
     

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