If they did then it would really highlight how unknowledgeable they were about ballistics and the safe use of sporting firearms. I wonder what qualifications they had in either of those disciplines in order to make a valid assesment of the situation? You could always ask if you don't mind stirring it up a bit.
Originally Posted by Tricky
As has been suggested, ask them to provide you with details of their objections to the use of .243 on the land. If you are aware that others have shot over it in the past with similar calibres them put that forward. If all else fails, and you are sure of your position, get it all in writing and tell them it may constitute a constructive refusal to issue a certificate as required under the Firearms Act(s):
A firearm certificate shall be granted where the chief officer of
police is satisfied-
(a) that the applicant is fit to be entrusted with a firearm to
which section 1 of this Act applies and is not person
prohibited by this Act from possessing such a firearm;
(b) that he has good reason for having in his possession, or for
purchasing or acquiring, the firearm or ammunition in respect
of which the application is made; and
(c) that in all the circumstances the applicant can be permitted to
have the firearm or ammunition in his possession without
danger to the public safety or to the peace.
The last part is what you appear to be having difficulty in achieving.