FAQ: Do I have an Open or Closed Certificate?

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csl

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As this comes up quite a bit here is the difference between a 'closed' ('more restrictive') certificate and an 'open' (or 'less restrictive') certificate.

Note that it is dependent on the conditions PER rifle. It is possible to have a certificate that is open for one rifle and closed for another.


1) Closed Certificate

The condition contains the text "land deemed suitable by the Chief Officer of Police" or similar. The certificate holder needs to check with the police force applicable to the ground to see if the ground is cleared and if not arrange to have the ground cleared for the calibre in question.

An example 'closed' condition:

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2) 'Open' or 'Less Restrictive' Certificate

The onus is solely upon the certificate holder to check that the ground is suitable for the calibre/scenario. They do not need to check with the police force that the ground is cleared.

An example 'open' condition:

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adpierce

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My very first certificate was Open in the true sense of the word ie: it only had the pre-printed 4 statutory conditions and no other conditions relating to calibres, land or usage; that was a long time ago when plinking with a 0.22rf at tin cans was acceptable.
However, at each subsequent renewal since Hungerford, this has eroded to now my certificate is practically running out of space for the additional conditions. One is that it now specifies what calibre to shoot what quarry eg: I can only use my .308 for foxes when the principal quarry is deer. Many years ago, MAFF (the forerunner to DEFRA) were requesting FAC holders to shoot infected sheep in north wales - can't do that any more!
What has changed over time - I am more knowledgeable and experienced and the Police and Governments make oppressing law abiding citizens their rightful targets rather than dealing with the criminal use of firearms.
 

southern_stalker

Well-Known Member
I recently took someone out who had the condition 'the blah blah blah may be used for blah blah blah on any land suitable for the use of this class of firearm....

Where does this fall under? less restrictive or closed? No mention of chief officer of police etc. Looks like they may just have deleted the chief officer phrase. But would like some opinions from here??.........
 

exmarksman9870

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Hello,
So if you have a certificate that is closed to certain land for say .243 and you get permission from an other land owner for ie fox, deer. Do you have to re apply or just inform the flo, with evidence of permission, it seems alot of people have hassle with flo's. Any body used B.A.S.C to fight there limitations.
 

Archer

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My rimfires (.22 & 17HMR) may be used on land where I have lawful permission etc
My C/F rifles only on land deemed suitable by a chief officer of police.

So, half and half for me
 

.Skinner.

Well-Known Member
Hi :)
I was just about to post a question related to this elsewhere on the forum, but I’ll put it here instead – I think what I’m asking is similar to exmarksman’s question....
I have the ‘closed’ condition on my certificate, and when i applied for the variation for centrefire rifle I enclosed a land authority, for the ‘good reason’ etc..... Now, if a friend offers me to come and shoot with my rifle on his land, and I know it is cleared for my calibre, if not more, can I do it? Or do I have to contact the police/send off new land authorisation (form 646)?
The condition is quite vague in this respect!
Any help much appreciated :)
Cheers
Skinner
 

Dalua

Well-Known Member
It might be worth making the point that although the slang use of 'open' and 'closed' conditions is convenient in general discussion among FAC-holders, what is actually going on here in terms of the application of the law really is worth reflecting on.

The so-called 'closed' condition occurrs when the Chief Constable at his discretion and to improve the safety of the public imposes a territorial restriction on the FAC-holder's use of one or more of the firearms he holds.

The 'open' condition is not a condition at all: it is the natural state of a FAC.
 

exmarksman9870

Well-Known Member
It might be worth making the point that although the slang use of 'open' and 'closed' conditions is convenient in general discussion among FAC-holders, what is actually going on here in terms of the application of the law really is worth reflecting on.

The so-called 'closed' condition occurrs when the Chief Constable at his discretion and to improve the safety of the public imposes a territorial restriction on the FAC-holder's use of one or more of the firearms he holds.

The 'open' condition is not a condition at all: it is the natural state of a FAC.

So they have no legal rite to impose this theoretically ?
 
Hello,
So if you have a certificate that is closed to certain land for say .243 and you get permission from an other land owner for ie fox, deer. Do you have to re apply or just inform the flo, with evidence of permission, it seems alot of people have hassle with flo's. Any body used B.A.S.C to fight there limitations.

If the new land has already been passed for your caliber by the Chief officer in that area, then you are ok to shoot with the landowners permission, but if the land has not been assessed and passed for your calibre of rifle then no. If you are in any doubt, contact your FLO and ask them to check their register to see if the land has already been assessed and if not get them to do it.
 
Hi :)
I was just about to post a question related to this elsewhere on the forum, but I’ll put it here instead – I think what I’m asking is similar to exmarksman’s question....
I have the ‘closed’ condition on my certificate, and when i applied for the variation for centrefire rifle I enclosed a land authority, for the ‘good reason’ etc..... Now, if a friend offers me to come and shoot with my rifle on his land, and I know it is cleared for my calibre, if not more, can I do it? Or do I have to contact the police/send off new land authorisation (form 646)?
The condition is quite vague in this respect!
Any help much appreciated :)
Cheers
Skinner

It's the same position as Exmarksman, as long as you have

" and any other land, deemed suitable for that class of firearm by the chief officer of police for that area"

on your conditions then you are ok, but you should be absolutely sure that your "mate" has had the land assessed. If you only have named pieces of ground stated on your conditions and not the above quote then you can't.
 

sparko

Well-Known Member
It's the same position as Exmarksman, as long as you have

" and any other land, deemed suitable for that class of firearm by the chief officer of police for that area"

on your conditions then you are ok, but you should be absolutely sure that your "mate" has had the land assessed. If you only have named pieces of ground stated on your conditions and not the above quote then you can't.

Ben, Just as an add on to that you would also need written permission / authority from the landowner / holder of shooting rights to shoot your calibre on his ground...If i am stating the obvious i apologise, but I have seen this overlooked In the past ...ATB...Mark
 

.Skinner.

Well-Known Member
Hi Mark, cheers mate, yea I realise it's important to always get permission in writing, I'll always make sure I do that first and also try and take a copy out with me! Thanks :)
 

sandyseries2

Well-Known Member
hi my license states for my .22 r/f and my 22.250 they shall be used on any land which the license holder has permission to shoot on with this class of firearm. si i presume its what you are classing as open,
 

sandyseries2

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mmmm very handy then lol. i have a few customers from my work who own farms. i think i will be asking to see if i can get permission to shoot on there ground
 
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