Can the police revoke your FAC and Shotgun certificates, after a malicious accusation of assault by an vindictive ex partner - despite the individual being found not guilty in court and being completely exonerated by the magistrates in their summing up. I would add that there wasn't a single mark on the lady, all he had done was hold on to her arms as she was drunkenly punching him at the top of a steep set of stairs, so he couldn't just walk away as he usually does and risked serious injury if he fell. It was just her word against his.
In court under examination she admitted to hitting him on a number of previous occaisions.
He has no criminal record and no previous whatsoever, not even driving convictions. SG holder for 20 years and FAC for 15 years entirely without incident. He has no medical record of anything. He fully co operated with the police and behaved in an appropriate manner all the way through the ordeal of the trial and bail.
Its been five months since he was found not guilty and 7 months since he surrendered his firearms.
He made an application to the firearms dept to get rifles back, but they sent him a letter saying they were considering revoking his certificates as they believed he represented a danger to the public and peace, as concerns had been raised about his behaviour and emotional state whilst at the police station. This was a complete fabrication, he had behaved perfectly normally like any member of the public, so he contacted the policeman in charge of his case who confirmed this and was willing to vouch for his good behaviour.
However they allowed him a chance to write a letter of appeal, which he did. He recently had an interview with the firearms liasion officer and now has to wait another three months before they make a descision. His certificates expired during this process, so he put the renewals in as usual.
I have a bad feeling about all this, is he better getting a specialist firearms lawyer on the case now, or should he wait the three months until they make the descision. Do they drag the process out hoping he will just give up, plus I would imagine the firearms department is overstretched staff wise as in the past there has been a long delay before new certs arrive after the expiry date of the previous certificates.
Also he has made a number of requests to have his firearms oiled as some of them are valuable. He was told on one occasion that he couldn't as they had been sealed up ??? and nobody has ever been in touch back after his other requests.
Unfortunately he wasn't a member of BASC that year, but he certainly will be in the future. LET IT BE A LESSON TO ALL TO JOIN A SHOOTING ORGANISATION.