New law affects authorised lending of firearms with effect from 02nd May 2017.
As a result of the Policing and Crime Act 2017 we have to relearn how we lend firearms. Section 11(5) of the 1968 Act and Section 16 of the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1988 no longer exist. They are replaced by Section 11A.
Written permission now forms part of the criteria in certain circumstances. In the case of lending shotguns and rifles the lender must be;
- a) a person who has the right to allow others to enter the premises for the purpose of hunting animals or shooting game or vermin, or
- b) a person authorised by them in writing.
This means firearm/shotgun certificate holder must seek written permission before they loan rifles or shotguns to non-certificate holders if the lender is not entitled to allow others to enter the land to shoot. This is regardless of any verbal or other agreement currently in place.
The following wording will suffice for a permission from the person who hold the shooting rights; “I hereby give permission for [X] to use the land at [X] for the purpose of shooting artificial targets, hunting animals, shooting game or vermin”.
For full details read the factsheets available on the BASC website:
Borrowing Shotguns – click here
Borrowing Rifles – click here