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Important message from Met Police FLD

posted 9 Sept 2020, 12:30 by Tony Cattermole
Members should be aware of the following message that we received from Met Police FLD regarding a distressing case. Please keep their advice in mind and spread the word.

Thank you

Derek Stimpson

On Saturday 5th September 2020 a licenced FAC holder advertised a gun for sale on Gun Star, one of the well-known sites for sales of lawfully owned guns. The advert was answered by two males and the holder arranged for a meeting at his home address. He cordially invited said males into the address where he showed the gun and his certificate. Sadly what happened next would have been a shock to any person. The males who purported to be lawful buyers were in fact criminals who proceeded to hold the certificate holder at knife point, tie him and his wife up and then instruct him to load the gun for them. They then left the household, leaving the holder bound.

The reason we want to communicate this with you, is to ask you to remind your members that there are criminals who are also reviewing these sites. It is easy to assume all potential buyers have the same enthusiasm for the sport as they do. This is not always the case.

Please can we ask you to be aware of the following advice.

  • Try and ensure certificates are checked prior to any meeting. It may be a picture of their certificate can be sent electronically. This image of the holder can be cross referenced with any attendee, before any entry is allowed into the home.
  • Try and complete a sale away from your home. At home, a criminal has access to the entire contents of your safe; a better location may be at your local shooting club as more people will be present, this may be the deterrent needed to prevent the criminal brazen behaviour.
  • Advertise locally within your club environment rather than online.
  • Ideally use an RFD as a conduit for sale - This is by far the safest option, whilst I appreciate this can cost, the risk to holder is entirely negated.
This is purely advice and by no means definitive. Nevertheless this incident was very real for the holder and we would like your help to prevent any further, similar incidents occurring. If we work together, we can surely do this.