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Matthew Knight

Matthew Knight is the Senior Partner of Knights Solicitors. Knights are retained by a number of national organisations in relation to firearms licencing including The National Small-Bore Rifle Association. Knight are also retained by several national organisations to provide 24/7 legal helpline services including the National Gamekeepers’ Organisation and the Game Farmers Association.

  1. Travelling with your Gun

    Shooting

    The starting point for any use of your shotgun or rifle is your Shot Gun or Firearm Certificate.  It is good practice to check your Certificate if you are doing something out of the ordinary such as travelling. All Certificates Read the Rest…

  2. Firearms ‘The Legal Series’
    Part 14

    Shooting

    Miscellaneous Offences S.19 Firearms Act 1968 makes it an offence for a person, without lawful authority or reasonable excuse, to have with him in a public place, a loaded shotgun, an air weapon, whether loaded or not, or any other Read the Rest…

  3. Firearms ‘The Legal Series’
    Part 13

    Shooting

    Young Persons In relation to firearms and their ammunition, it is an offence for a person under the age of 14 to possess them (with very limited exceptions, one of which is gun bearers). A person under the age of Read the Rest…

  4. Firearms ‘The Legal Series’
    Part 12

    Shooting

    Borrowed Shotguns and Rifles  The legislation allows for the possession and use of shotguns and of rifles and ammunition without needing to hold a certificate in certain circumstances. Under s.11(5) of the 1968 Act an individual who does not hold Read the Rest…

  5. Firearms ‘The Legal Series’
    Part 11

    Shooting

    Procedure Modern computerised police forces now link reported and recorded incidents with their firearm database.  This means that if the holder of a firearm or shotgun certificate gets involved in an incident to which the police are called, he may Read the Rest…

  6. Firearms ‘The Legal Series’
    Part 10

    Shooting

    Surrender and Seizure Once a decision has been taken to revoke or not renew a firearm or shotgun certificate, the police are entitled to require the holder to surrender forthwith his certificate, and any guns or ammunition in his possession Read the Rest…

  7. Firearms ‘The Legal Series’
    Part 9

    Shooting

    Refusals and Appeals Where police refuse an application to grant, renew or vary a certificate there is a right of appeal to the Crown Court.  The Notice of Appeal (there is no set format) must be lodged with the Court Read the Rest…

  8. Firearms ‘The Legal Series’
    Part 8

    Shooting

    Production of Certificates The Firearms Act 1968 requires a person in possession of a firearm/shotgun in a public place to show his certificate to a police officer who demands to see it or to show proof of not needing one.  Read the Rest…

  9. Firearms ‘The Legal Series’
    Part 7

    Shooting

    Transportation It is much more common for certificate holders to get into difficulty when transporting guns, particularly by leaving them in a vehicle. A vehicle used frequently for transporting firearms should ideally have an alarm and/or immobiliser fitted, and used.  Read the Rest…

  10. Firearms ‘The Legal Series’
    Part 6

    Shooting

    Prohibited Persons Section 21 of the 1968 Act provides that those sentenced to imprisonment (or detention in a young offender institution) for a period between 3 months and 3 years are prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition in any circumstances Read the Rest…