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    Carrying rifles on public footpaths

    Hi just got a permission and looking at the best way to access it is along a pubic bridle way due to the nature of the prevailing wind. Is it legal for me to approach the permission along the bridle way so long as the rifle is in a case and not loaded?

    BE

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    yes

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    Napier do a handy roll-up type cover...

    Roller Plus Rifle Carrier By Napier Roll Up Gun Case | eBay
    "Don't say I didnae warn ye !"

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    In the eyes of the law it doesn't matter whether the gun is loaded or not. If it's a quiet path I would tend to go with it slung over my shoulder, mag in but nothing up the spout. I often walk out of my frint door this way.

    Section 161 of the Highways Act 1980 (England & Wales) makes it an offence to discharge a firearm within 50 ft of the centre of a highway with vehicular rights without lawful authority or excuse, if as a result a user of the highway is injured, interrupted or endangered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Apache View Post
    In the eyes of the law it doesn't matter whether the gun is loaded or not. If it's a quiet path I would tend to go with it slung over my shoulder, mag in but nothing up the spout. I often walk out of my frint door this way.
    AFAIK this is entirely correct: I've walked down public highways with an uncovered rifle (or gun) in places where this would not raise eyebrows.

    That's the key things, though: depending on circumstances, it isn't so much what the law says but what good sense and discretion suggest - so if a covered rifle seems a better option, cover it!

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    too true .out piggin shooting ,nearest road 2 miles away mr tart reported nasty terrorist me to the police as i was shooting at planes coming out of east mids with my hatstand escort ff sake.luckily leicestershire police arnt retards unlike the dog walking t,,, who phoned in.i heard my name called and popped out my hide to see 2 police in uniform ,so i unloaded n went over to them .perm checked ,owner phoned he came out and said yes he,s fine.whilst the police are checking me out mr pillock rings the police and we listen as he rants at the policewoman about arresting the dangerous scum<me >when he was told i was legit well he was well peed orf .no appogalog from said tit .though the police did .doesnt matter how far from the eejitts u are and how private the land theres always a right to roam ar.eb.nd.t trespassing where they shouldnt be .rant over stay safe and keep ramblers away from the countryside

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    Section 19 of the 1968 Act makes it an offence to have in a public place without lawful
    authority or reasonable excuse (the proof of which lies on the accused) a loaded shotgun,
    an air weapon (whether loaded or not), any other firearm (whether loaded or not) together
    with ammunition suitable for use in that firearm,
    or an imitation firearm.
    22.16 Section 57(6) of the 1968 Act includes a definition of “loaded” in relation to shotguns

    use a bit of common sense depending on where you are.
    theres always some anti ready to make the dreaded 999 "rampaging gunman phone call"

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    Quote Originally Posted by badbob View Post
    Section 19 of the 1968 Act makes it an offence to have in a public place without lawful
    authority or reasonable excuse (the proof of which lies on the accused) a loaded shotgun,
    an air weapon (whether loaded or not), any other firearm (whether loaded or not) together
    with ammunition suitable for use in that firearm,
    or an imitation firearm.
    22.16 Section 57(6) of the 1968 Act includes a definition of “loaded” in relation to shotguns

    use a bit of common sense depending on where you are.
    theres always some anti ready to make the dreaded 999 "rampaging gunman phone call"
    All very true

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