two extremes of UK gun policy – ​​Fieldsports Channel

Among the exceptions is the killer in the tragic 2021 Plymouth shooting. Jake Davison, 22, from the Keyham area of ​​Plymouth murdered five people and injured two others before killing himself.

Ian Jensen, a former Metropolitan Police detective, describes what firearms licensing units in the UK Constabulary did following the incident. “After the shooting in Plymouth, I think all forces were asked to review their current firearms applications and processes and assess whether they should review existing licenses. And I guess if you look across the country everyone was looking at Devon and Cornwall and thinking, ‘My God – do we have anyone who could match the past of this man in Plymouth, who committed these crimes after getting his weapons back?’,” he said.

In Devon and Cornwall itself, police gun licenses began a knee-jerk reaction to the Plymouth shooting in August 2021, seizing guns from deer, pest controllers, pheasant shooters, even of at least one police contractor who shoots. The police did this for reasons they have, in some cases, not yet explained.

To challenge his appeal, Gary brought in solicitors from Shooting Law for a flat fee of £2,000. He agreed to an additional fee to hire a solicitor, who negotiated with the solicitor for Devon & Cornwall Constabulary. “You don’t know what you might end up paying. If it goes to appeal and you end up losing the appeal, it could cost £10,000,” he says.

Devon & Cornwall offered Gary “a few offers”, he says, including an offer that if he dropped his appeal he could reapply for the certificates in a few months. This led him to believe that the police attorney knew that Devon & Cornwall had no reason to seize his weapons and revoke his certificates. “He didn’t come on appeal,” he said. “I felt on the strength of my package and theirs, and speaking to my lawyer and my lawyers, I had a good case – and a deal was struck” (a “package” is evidence gathered that each party submits to the court and to each other).

Gary hopes to get his money back. He is insured with GunPlan. “The one thing I will tell everyone is don’t neglect your insurance,” he says.

Gary was lucky – and it’s likely the police made a significant mistake – when police sent him a dismissal letter in December. Technically, he surrendered his weapons, not grabbed them. The surrender of firearms may void your insurance. The revocation letter means his weapons were seized, albeit retrospectively.

Costs are one thing. Knocking on the door when, as a certificate holder, you have already been deemed a better citizen than most, is quite another. This is the big deal for the gun owners we spoke to in Devon, Cornwall and Dorset, where Devon & Cornwall Constabulary administer gun certificates.

2022 will be a bad year for Devon and Cornwall firearms licensing. As well as the results of the investigation into the Keyham shooting, which risks criticizing the firearms licensing service, the constabulary will be bogged down by appeals following his firearms seizure. The shooters we spoke to expect, like Gary, to win most if not all of their appeals against the police.

Click here for more details on the NABIS gun surrender program in 2022.

Comments are closed.