posted on Oct, 8 2006 @ 04:13 PM
Despite what the UK government and all of the PC brigade would like you to think, UK citizens can still own rifles and shotguns, you can even still
own a hand gun - so long as the overall length is 24ins or more.
To do this you would need to become a member of a shooting club, you need to be a full member, usually for at least six months before you can apply
for a section one fire-arms certificate, the police will check that you have been a member of that club.
The application is a form that you get from the police station, you need to fill it out as specified and then you need to get two character
references, and a couple of signed photos. You also need to list all of the fire-arms that you wish to own and the amount of ammo that you want to
store, so you have to think about what you are likely to want/afford in the next five years (before you need to re-new your licence); if you don’t
buy the guns on your list the next time you need to re-new the police may remove them from your ticket – if you want to buy something not on your
list you have to have what’s called a ‘variation’ – and this cost more money. You also need to buy and install a Police/Home Office approved
gun safe in your home before you are approved by the police (so that they can check it as part of your application - you still may not be
approved even if you have gone to the expense of getting one installed...)
You must also visit and shoot at your chosen club o a regular basis.
Stuff you can own on a FAC:
.22 rim fire rifle, bolt action or semi-auto, you can even have box mag’s (25round plus)
Lever action carbines - .38, .357magnum, .44magnum most have 9 shot tube mags
Double barrel shotguns (over-under or side-by-side)
You can also get a semi-auto shot gun on a section one ticket, SPAS-12 or other shot guns with magazine capacity around 10 shots (but you may need to
also join a club that supports 'practical shot-gun', bit like combat against mock targets)
Some clubs can also apply for something called section 7 (I think) this allows the club to own a proper hand gun that was made before 1915 (so the
Colt M1911 .45 is allowd - IF they can find one to buy)
Pistols – must be over 24ins in total lenth, so they either have a massive barrel or say a 12ins barrel with a wire frame stock at the rear to make
up the length. (you may have to also become a member of another club that Specialises in pistol's before you are allowd to own one)
To get most of the interesting stuff you may need to belong to several clubs all at the same time, and thats not cheap.
Best thing to do is to look in your telephone directory and look for a local shooting club, you can usually go and visit and talk to the guys (and
gals!) there, most clubs will welcome you and there should be plenty of information, much more than I can give you here.
[edit on 8-10-2006 by karlwb]