The Atkin Grant & Lang clay Shooting Ground is open to members of the public who are not in the possession of a valid shotgun certificate under the section 11(6) exceptions of the Firearms act 1968 which states:
"A person may, without holding a shotgun certificate, use a shotgun at a time and place approved for shooting at artificial targets by the Chief Officer of police for the area in which that place is situated."
Atkin, Grant & Lang have been issued with a section 11(6) certificate by the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Police Firearms Licensing Unit.
To comply with the conditions of section 21 of the Firearms Act 1968 all persons wishing to shoot at the Atkin Grant & Lang shooting ground will be required to sign a disclaimer, as copy of which can be found on the next page of this document.
Not-with-standing the regulations described above, Atkin Grant & Lang reserve the right to refuse any person entry or use of the shooting ground at any time for any reason, if behaviour, attitude or actions are considered by our staff to pose a risk to life limb or property. Depending on the nature of the offence we may decline to refund any monies paid for services rendered or part rendered.
It is an offence for someone who is prohibited by Section 21 of the Firearms Act 1968 to have a firearm or ammunition in his or her possession at any time. Section 21 applies to anybody who has been sentenced to imprisonment or to youth custody or detention in a young offenders’ institution for three months or more. The period for which they are prohibited depends on the length of their sentence, if the sentence was longer than three years the prohibition is for life. If the sentence was three months or more but less than three years, the prohibition lasts for five years from the date of their release. It is an offence for a person to transfer, let or hire, give or lend a firearm or ammunition to someone whom he/she knows has reasonable grounds for believing to be prohibited by Section 21.
Section 21 of the Firearms Act 1968 covers persons who are banned from being in
possession of firearms or ammunition. It is an offence for a shooting range operator
to knowingly allow persons who are banned under section 21 from using guns at the
range, whether or not there is a section 11(6) permit in operation.
Best practice is to identify all non-certificate holders (by requesting sight of licence
on all entrants), and any who cannot produce a certificate are asked to sign in on a
form such as the pro-forma suggested by the CPSA. Note that persons not in
possession of a current shotgun certificate because of a revocation are not banned
persons unless they have also had a custodial sentence as defined by section 21.
These persons may be able to shoot legally under the provisions of section 11(6).
Note also, that although a person may have had an automatic ban under section 21,
there is a right of appeal to the Crown Court, and on the outcome of a successful
application a person can be granted a shotgun certificate. Such a person would be in
possession of a normal certificate and is entitled to own shotguns.
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