Hi guys, the eternal problems of certificates, conditions and variations and Hampshire police seem to be continuing for me
I have a .243 conditioned for deer, originally issued on the basis of paid stalking without my own land - all good, several paid stalks done, no problems.
Have also joined my local rifle club, so decided I'd like a rifle for range work, have asked for variation for .303 for target only, and .308 for target and additionally requested occasional deer use (ie. I want a target rifle, but would like the freedom to use it for deer stalking if and when I feel appropriate, for example if I go on holiday to scotland!)
Have had letter today saying I need to demonstrate specific land authority for the .308 other than that for paid stalking.
So, I think thats unreasonable, as far as I'm concerned I can demonstrate good reason with the target use, and beyond that any other use that I have permission for should be conditioned as acceptable...
any comments? I've got a home visit next week, so would be nice to be able to put my point across.
Edited to add - realistically, should I have to prove anything regards my stalking, I mean, I can demonstrate that I've been, but should I have to produce continuing receipts/proof - reading the HO guidelines its about intent, and, given the fact that the police want to make the rules up as they go along, I'm feeling a little bit of non cooperative "not playing their game, play by the rules" might be in order