Here is my thoughts, my son has been to a clay shoot a few times, I have a small .410 for him that he can just hold. Hitting any flying clay is not going to happen for some time so the shoot lets me put some on a bank and he has a few shots every now and then when he comes.
I have land where I can shoot (permissions) and for me I think my taking him there with no distraction to help him get more settled and with far less distraction and no one watching will help.
He has no gun safety at this time but wants to copy dad and come shooting, so I believe "one on one" is better learning and safer?
So I put a call into FLO today to test the water and was told that I am correct he would need his own licence to shoot on land where I have permission and the landowner is not with us, but due to his age they would not consider him for a licence as the youngest they have at this time is 9 years.
So we are stuck with the distraction of the clay shoot (who are very supportive) and I cant take him someplace less busy until maybe he is nearer to 9 and I then apply for his licence.
He is 6 but tall for his age (wheres 7-8 clothing) I wanted to take him out with me but alas to stay on the right side of the law he will have to wait. I can't see the issue in granting a licence as all it allows in reality is for me to do some "one on one" (I would always have at least three of us anyway for safety)
Have any of you got you children with a shotgun license who are very young and if so what force, I am in Avon and Somerset.
Do you think there is any point in pressing the issue or is this a bag of worms best left alone for a couple of years?