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.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.
All very trueSection 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"
Yes.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?
the lightweight German style slip where you continue to use the rifle sling etc seems just the job for this sort of situation.Spoke to FEO this morning and they stated as said above. We can use public byways to access permissions, make sure you keep firearms covered, unloaded and behave politely if you encounter a member of the public.
Good to have it from the horses mouth as it were.
And, plus, from when I did my law (so it may have changed) to use it TO GET FROM A TO B ONLY. That is to say there is no right when using a footpath to stop and linger (such as having a picnic or a "brew up" on a primus stove, nor by extension to stand whilst throwing a stick or a ball to a dog to fetch a retrieve.Also bear in mind that the footpath/bridleway actually belongs to the landowner and the public only have the right of passage on said path (and only on the path) to get from one end to the other.
not quite, this is quite an outdated concept that was much repeated from some old case law examples. The correct rule is that anyone has the right to do whatever is 'reasonable' on a public right of way, so long as they do not interfere with the primary right to pass and repass or create a public or private nuisance. This was set out in DPP vs Jones 1990 at the highest level, case law referring to protesters as it happens, however it was pretty clear that the 'reasonableness test' was a common sense and language test that would be viewed in context, so what might be reasonable on a byway or road would not necessarily be reasonable on a countryside public footpath.And, plus, from when I did my law (so it may have changed) to use it TO GET FROM A TO B ONLY. That is to say there is no right when using a footpath to stop and linger (such as having a picnic or a "brew up" on a primus stove, nor by extension to stand whilst throwing a stick or a ball to a dog to fetch a retrieve.
In essence YOU ARE MEANT TO KEEP MOVING....THINK OF IT AS "MOTORWAY REGULATIONS APPLY" AS ON THE M1.