To follow-up, is this not just a case of the application of the "Estate Exemption", albeit within the context of the rules and regulations of the particular "private premises" being shot over (i.e. the range) ?
All help, thoughts, guidance much appreciated.
Borrowed rifles on private premises
Section 16(1) of the 1988 Act enables aperson to borrow a rifle from the occupierof private premises and to use it on thosepremises in the presence of either theoccupier or their servant without holding afirearm certificate in respect of that rifle. Itshould be noted that this gives slightly moreflexibility in the use of a borrowed rifle thanis permissible with the use of a shot gunas described in paragraph 6.14, in that theborrowed rifle can also be used in thepresence of the servant of the occupier.However, the occupier and/or their servantmust hold a firearm certificate in respect ofthe firearm being used, and the borrower,who must be accompanied by the certificateholder (whether it is the occupier or theirservant), must comply with the conditionsof the certificate. These may include asafekeeping requirement and, in some cases,territorial restrictions. Section 57(4) of the1968 Act defines “premises” as including anyland. The effect of the provision is to allowa person visiting a private estate to borrowand use a rifle without a certificate. Theexemption does not extend to persons underthe age of 17 or to other types of firearm.There is no notification required on theloan of a firearm under these circumstances.A borrowed rifle should not be specificallyidentified as such on a “keeper’s” or“landowner’s” firearm certificate. The term“in the presence of” is not defined in lawbut is generally interpreted as being withinsight and earshot.