How many rifles ?

Pagans

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Is there a limit in the UK to how many firearms you are allowed ? In Queensland I'm up to about fourteen centrefire. Air rifle's you need the same licence.
 

Sonicdmb73

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Is there a limit in the UK to how many firearms you are allowed ? In Queensland I'm up to about fourteen centrefire. Air rifle's you need the same licence.
Simple answer no.
However our system means we need “Good Reason” for each one.
For example a 222 for fox. A 6.5x55 for deer. A 308 for target shooting.
So as long as you have a reason and meet security requirements then. Most police forces insist on better security such as monitored alarms and cctv for over a certain number or firearms.
The not so simple answer is it depends on your circumstances.
 

Ooops

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It is not like in the US, where I think that everyone has to own a 'minimum' number of firearms.

Fairly sure that is true...
Once, when I arrived at a small airport in Florida I was asked if I was a Brit and whether or not I was carrying any kind of weapon.
I replied that I was indeed a Brit & that I didn't have any such thing, where upon I was escorted into a side room that resembled an armoury and told to take my pick
 

simgre

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As said, the certificate system means everything is justified. I have several friends that are fully immersed in gun ownership and the shooting sports. Some of these blokes do have forty plus firearms and shotguns and innumerable air weapons.

Target shooters tend to own considerably more guns than stalkers and hunters.
 

Stalker1962

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Once, when I arrived at a small airport in Florida I was asked if I was a Brit and whether or not I was carrying any kind of weapon.
I replied that I was indeed a Brit & that I didn't have any such thing, where upon I was escorted into a side room that resembled an armoury and told to take my pick

Only in America.

This from a colleague in the USA.

A patrol officer stops an elderly female driver for a minor traffic violation.

The officer asks to see her documents and as she opens the glove box he notices a firearm therein.

This is not unusual in the USA, and he asks her about that and 'any other weapons in the vehicle'.

She replies that, "I have the Glock in there, I have another pistol in the console and I have a small revolver in my bag".

The officer says, "Ma'am, can I ask just: what are you so afraid of?"

The old lady looks the Trooper straight in the eyes and says:-

"Not a God-damn thing!"
 

Bowland blades

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There is no set limit on possession but each must have a separate reason for grant. There are guidelines on security that stipulate numbers as a point where further security should be implemented, however each case security wise is viewed as a whole .
In the main part FEOs I have had are very good about security issues . I suppose they get to see the weaknesses exposed by successful thefts
 

Tim.243

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Once, when I arrived at a small airport in Florida I was asked if I was a Brit and whether or not I was carrying any kind of weapon.
I replied that I was indeed a Brit & that I didn't have any such thing, where upon I was escorted into a side room that resembled an armoury and told to take my pick
Was that a new take on a Frank Carson joke....(Pat)
 

kenbro

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There is no set limit on possession but each must have a separate reason for grant. There are guidelines on security that stipulate numbers as a point where further security should be implemented, however each case security wise is viewed as a whole .
In the main part FEOs I have had are very good about security issues . I suppose they get to see the weaknesses exposed by successful thefts
That ‘separate’ reason can cover multiple rifles to do the same job.
Ken.
 

RescueMe0007

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Very restrictive here in RoI. Up to three non-restricted (restricted = hand guns and semi auto rifles above .22 calibre) firearms (includes air rifles, no matter what pressure they operate at), just requires secure storage. Beyond that premises must be alarmed, beyond five firearms the alarms must be monitored 24/7. Typically this means people will restrict themselves to a .22LR, a suitable deer calibre rifle and a shotgun or similar as the costs become onerous.
 

Heym SR20

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I think here in the UK most sportsmen probably have a couple of shotguns - their preferred one that they have chosen and their grandfathers that is handed down the family and an air rifle. If they are into rifle shooting (majority are not) then they will also have a 22lr and a deer legal centrefire.
 

VSS

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I think here in the UK most sportsmen probably have a couple of shotguns - their preferred one that they have chosen and their grandfathers that is handed down the family and an air rifle. If they are into rifle shooting (majority are not) then they will also have a 22lr and a deer legal centrefire.
That just about sums it up for most people, although you can perhaps add in a smallbore shotgun (being the one they've had since childhood), and an extra centrefire for foxing.
 

Sonicdmb73

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I think here in the UK most sportsmen probably have a couple of shotguns - their preferred one that they have chosen and their grandfathers that is handed down the family and an air rifle. If they are into rifle shooting (majority are not) then they will also have a 22lr and a deer legal centrefire.
Not sure what demographic or generation you’re circle of friends are. But the above is not my experience with those I know. It varies from the man with Airgun’s galore and a shotgun. To a RFD that I count amongst my friends. I know quite a few who just game shoot. Some do have just one gun that fits. Others have a 410 and at least one each of OU SxS and semi auto.
Those of them who shoot rifles the odd one has just the two. But far more seem to have rifles specific to need. ie foxes smaller deer something bigger for larger deer and boar.
Thirty years or more ago I would say that your statement would fit most of the people I knew then that shot. Now not so much.
 

Pagans

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I think here in the UK most sportsmen probably have a couple of shotguns - their preferred one that they have chosen and their grandfathers that is handed down the family and an air rifle. If they are into rifle shooting (majority are not) then they will also have a 22lr and a deer legal centrefire.
That sounds very resonable
 

Pagans

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Very restrictive here in RoI. Up to three non-restricted (restricted = hand guns and semi auto rifles above .22 calibre) firearms (includes air rifles, no matter what pressure they operate at), just requires secure storage. Beyond that premises must be alarmed, beyond five firearms the alarms must be monitored 24/7. Typically this means people will restrict themselves to a .22LR, a suitable deer calibre rifle and a shotgun or similar as the costs become onerous.
Thats strict
 

Pagans

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There is no set limit on possession but each must have a separate reason for grant. There are guidelines on security that stipulate numbers as a point where further security should be implemented, however each case security wise is viewed as a whole .
In the main part FEOs I have had are very good about security issues . I suppose they get to see the weaknesses exposed by successful thefts
It makes sense.The people who don't secure them are the ones that cause the problem.
 

Pagans

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Thats strict
Hand guns you can get but it's a hassle, must be only fired at a range. No silencer's a real nightmare, and no autos unless you have an amazing excuse. States have different rules on what rifle you can have, trying to get rid of the look alike military type.
 
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