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FAC "Collecting" condition

posted 16 Nov 2018, 12:14 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 16 Nov 2018, 12:15 ]
Following a recent request I am re-posting and amplifying the following post from 2016.

Members are reminded that if they have a collection of Section 1 firearms (or seek to establish one) then these may be identified on their FAC. You will need to explain your theme or proposed theme to the police.

A typical collecting condition (where collecting is the "good reason") might read:- “The firearms which are identified by an asterisk (*) on this certificate must be possessed, purchased or acquired by the holder of the certificate only for the purpose of its being kept or exhibited as part of a collection and may be fired occasionally (or it may say “not to be fired" if that is your wish)”. Section 7 firearms are automatically treated as a collection and marked on the FAC by an asterisk or hatch mark.

There is reference to collecting in the Guide on Firearms Licensing Law in various places, notably, Chapter 8: Antique Firearms, Chapter 13: Good reason to possess a firearm, and Appendix 3: Conditions for firearm certificates.

It should be noted that “occasionally” is not defined as such, nor is use, and such occasional use for any collectors item may be any form of shooting, including practice, competition, game shooting etc. The consideration to keep in mind is “reasonable”.

Needless to say if you wish to use a particular item from the collection on your FAC more than a few times during the year then it may be preferable not to rely on collecting as your good reason and to record the use, as with your other firearms. The good reason for possession would then be target shooting (or as appropriate). The good reason can always be amended to “collecting" if your shooting reduces or ceases.

If you have questions or concerns please get in touch - we are here to help

Derek Stimpson
chairman@hbsa-uk.org