Just looking for opinions on the best way to secure an 'open condition on my FAC, or should I say, remove the 'closed' condition.
I have the good old standard "The guns to which this certificate relates shall be used on ranges or land deemed suitable by the chief of police for the area in which the land is situate."
I have renewed my certificate recently (first renewal) and while I did ask to have this taken off it still came back with it ~ I have checked and it isn't a mistake. I had my supervision condition taken off easily enough about two years ago and have received very practical and helpful advice and service from my FLO. In fact I took the time to write to the chief constable to comment on the good service.
When it comes to the open certfifcate they seem to be totally against it. I appreciate that after only five and a bit years of FAC ownership I am relatively inexperienced compared to many but have got through several thousand rounds now. When I asked, my FLO said that the current line from HQ now was that they would rather check all the land in the county rather than give out open certificates. I was asking for quite a lot though so thought better of an argument on the obvious points!
Any ideas on getting this taken off would be great as I do sometimes get asked if I would like to go out with others and it is a bit embarrassing to have to say 'I'd love to, but is your land checked?'
I have started up going out with a pro pest controller who does quite a bit of deer management as part of his job and sometimes asks for some help. This can be on any piece of land and when he wants me to go it has to be NOW, not in two weeks when someones got round to going and checking the land. Do you think that his writing to my FLO to explain why I need an open FAC would help, or is not a material consideration.