I was having a discussion the other day with a pal of mine about the use of Estate Rifles:- (Not that I have used one recently)
To that end, my understanding is that anyone can use another firearm certificate holders rifle as long as they are either in the company of the licence holder or have the same rifle entered on the shooters own certificate.
Has this changed now?
The Firearms (Amendment) Act 1988 Section 16
16.—(1) A person of or over the age of seventeen may, without holding a firearm certificate, borrow a rifle from the occupier of private premises and use it on those premises in the presence either of the occupier or of a servant of the occupier if—Stalker (A) works for an estate taking stalkers out who do not have their own FAC, Stalker (A) allows them to use his rifle whilst accompanied.
(a) the occupier or servant in whose presence it is used holds a firearm certificate in respect of that rifle; and
(b) the borrower’s possession and use of it complies with any conditions as to those matters specified in the certificate.
(2) A person who by virtue of subsection (1) above is entitled without holding a firearm certificate to borrow and use a rifle in another person’s presence may also, without holding such a certificate, purchase or acquire ammunition for use in the rifle and have it in his possession during the period for which the rifle is borrowed if—
(a) the firearm certificate held by that other person authorises the holder to have in his possession at that time ammunition for the rifle of a quantity not less than that purchased or acquired by, and in the possession of, the borrower; and
(b) the borrower’s possession and use of the ammunition complies with any conditions as to those matters specified in the certificate.
Stalker (B) has shooting rights and takes stalkers out onto land where the shooting rights have been given to Stalker (B).
Am I correct in the belief that both are perfectly legal?