I have been shooting for years and just to emphasize the illogical nature of firearms law I just wanted to point this out.
I have been shooting since I was 14 (now 22) and have held a firearms license for three years. When I first applied I got a .22LR and .17 HMR no questions asked. I had over 1500 acres of land to shoot on and my current FAO had no problem with this. The head FAO however saw that I was a little inexperienced and fair enough clamped me with a restriction saying I had to do pest control accompanied. I got this removed when I applied for a .22-250 6 months later. At the time my FAO said that if I did my DSC1 then the restriction they put on for deer shooting would be removed as well and I would get an open license.
1 year after that I applied for a .243 so I could do my DSC1, and passed the DSC1 with flying colours. I then went to go and get the restriction removed and it turns out my FAO had changed... oh dear. He now said that my previous FAO hadn't been telling the truth and now I needed to get more "experience" whereas at the same time a mate of mine who was 40 at the time go his removed no problem (otherwise in the same situation). Now 6 months down the line I have now applied for another deer rifle (7mm-08) and have logged more than 30 outings (not that much I know but I am at University far away as well). I do believe that young people really suffer when it comes to FAO's and that they automatically assume that being young means that we do not know what we are doing.
By the way the reason for my FAO not removing the condition was because "Deer are tallerl than foxes and if you don't hit it square on with a .243 you could wing it and hit someone's house." But he was perfectly fine with me shooting a .22-250! even though I would be shooting from a highseat....
What do you guys think I can do?