Title says it all.
I asked my local priest to endorse my photo's for my SGC and be a character reference on my FAC renewal as he had done 5 years ago. Wiltshire FLO have returned my paperwork as my countersignatory is unsuitable. Can only assume this was due to his quite well publicised drink drive incident about 3 years ago.
Considering the Chief Constable of Cumbria was exonerated in the inquiry into Derrick Bird for allowing him the grant of a Shotgun and Firearms certificate to him dispite a DD conviction, I feel thats a bit harsh on the priest.
Surely for my Shotgun renewal held 15 years+ they just need someone they can verify exists to say this is a true likeness? If they want to verify it check the Daily Telegraph archive!
Perhaps I can understand that they wont accept a character reference from someone who's character has been called into question but there are two referees for Firearms.
Does an incident like this really prevent someone offering a valid opinion? Sure if I got done driving while over the limit I expect the FLO to be looking hard at my self control and judgement in respect of firearms but to endorse a photo!
If my Doctor had a Drink Drive conviction would they still accept his medical opinion?
Ive never heard anything like this before.