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Shotgun cert and Epilepsy

Discussion in 'Shotguns (SGC)' started by o050cal0o, Jul 21, 2014.

  1. o050cal0o

    o050cal0o Busy Member

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    Blackburn, Lancashire
    Hi everyone, bit of an oddball question here. I've been shooting for years and years mainly air but shotguns now and then since I was about 14 now recently ive been doing clay shoots with a mate who already owns a shotty and I think it's about time I applied for my own cert.

    Now I have Epilepsy have done for many years and it's 99% controlled only had one fit in the last five years. I've heard stories about how I dont have a snowballs chance in hell and others saying its fine but does anyone know for sure if I can actually obtain a SGC.

    My local clay shoot is littlery 10 mins walk from here I can hear them every sunday and used to work on the traps as a kid.
  2. mattyts

    mattyts Donator

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    You won't loose anything by trying mate,wish you all the best :)
  3. r10hunter

    r10hunter Honorary Member

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    Speak to your doctor before applying and get their view on your condition.
    The police will almost certainly want a doctors report.
    Each case is individual. Having epilepsy does not mean no chance of being granted a certificate.
    Apply but don't buy a gun cabinet.
    If you are successful you can fit the cabinet and get it inspected then.
    If you are not successful you get your money back.
    If you were not to be granted a certificate and you regularly shoot with a mate you could still buy a gun and put it on your mates certificate. He just brings your gun with him to the clay ground every week.
    As I am sure you already know don't need a certificate at a clay ground with a section 11 exemption.
    Good luck.
    Cheers Andy
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2014
  4. shotgun

    shotgun Engaging Member

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    How did you get on with this... A buddy of mine has epilepsy and just asked me this question yesterday. I have my sgc but I have no issues what so ever and couldn't answer him. Any info would be great
  5. engraver

    engraver Keyboard Hero

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    All I know is a mate I worked and shot with a bloke for 13 yrs and he has recently had a number of siezures they have investigated it due to him having a previous heart attack, however the conclusion was that is isn't cardiac related and said its epilepsy.

    So DVLA had to be informed and he has had to stop driving for two years unless he has another fit, and he has already a shotgun licence but done no shooting recently for obvious reasons, but Im sure he will have to declare it when his renewal arrives.

    My advice is if it is 99% controlled as you have stated then prove that to the FAO and you should be fine, that's just my opinion, as like with a driving licence if you have had no episode in a given period of something like 2 yrs then you get your licence back, unfortunately my friend was months from receiving his licence back when he had another fit recently so the period starts again.

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