Reading shooting times this week and a letter piqued my interest.
It's about shooters' rights and principally the right to own a firearm.
It included a flyer from Greater Manchester Police worded thus: A REMINDER FROM YOUR FIREARMS LICENSING UNIT IN CONJUNCTION WITH GMP FORCE INTELLIGENCE BUREAU. IT IS A PRIVILEGE TO OWN A FIREARM NOT A RIGHT. We will work together so you do not lose that privilege.
There's an awful lot to that statement, however my question is this: Are any of you aware of any definitive ruling in this country that defines ownership of a firearm as either a right or a privilege?
I presume our shooting organisations will respond to the letter in next weeks ST but I'd be interested to hear any informed views prior to that edition.