Im going away with work on my annual trip to lossiemouth, im intending on taking my rifle and did the good thing of contacting the base to let them know there will be a rifle passing through the base. he in turn notified the local FLD as he has to.
Matey at Lossie called me back with some interesting info that the FLO had told him that my FLD (N Yorkshire) should have notified ?Moray? about my intended trip and not Me or the guy at Lossie. I think thats complete hoop, if the FLD had to notify another FLD whenever a rifle went out of their patch then this would max out the system...? I know that FLDs go slightly autonomous on the interpritation of HO guidelines but has anyone else heard of such rubbish? If this was true, it would mean i was breaking the law about 2x a month if not more!
Leading on from this, i checked with the hotel to confirm that they have had sporting guests in the past and have held shotguns and firearms for them. The answer was yes, so i asked what storage facilities they had, its a locked safe (where the dosh is kept) but i cannot have sole access to this safe while my rifle is stored due to the cash inside it.
When i go away to my patch in scotland in self catering accomodation, im with the rifle pretty much all the time ie its in the bedroom at night, in the car when i go stalking (obviously) but left with the choice of going to the local pub or shops, surely being locked out of sight in your room with the bolt removed is reasonable? Is it still reasonable if theres more than one key to your room ie a cleaner....?
Or is it better to put it in the car..? I thought not because you have no reason to have it in your car and a car is probably easier to break into or steal than get inside a hotel/B&B and take it from there..
If your going away for a week and staying in a hotel with NO HOME OFFICE APPROVED storage and working during the day, what would you do?
Where i intend going stalking doesnt have any approved storage either..