Good morning everyone,
A Newbie here so be gentle !
I am hoping that I may be able to use the wealth of information and experience from this forum to aid me in my situation.
I applied for my SGC in March of last year, everything went as planed, install gun cabinet etc, met up with FEO and by mid April I had my SGC, great.
I purchased a secondhand gun as I was only initially intending using it on my own land for vermin which is approx 3-4 acres, some being woodland. We have a terrible issue with squirrels, to the point that we have had them in the roof of our property and our next door nieghbours property. I have been reasonable successful with an air rifle but it was taking up too much of my time, sitting out waiting for them. once the shotgun was purchased, it was so easy, even getting two in one shot, my nieghbour was very supportive in this as it helped them too.
One day out of the blue I got an email from my neighbour saying the gun was too noisy and we needed to discuss it, I wrote back saying the noise was an unfortunate side effect of the gun but felt that it was worth it, anyhow to cut a very, very long story short I got another email saying that my abusive language and running around the with a loaded shotgun was not acceptable, well, I was gob smacked as nothing was further from the truth and I had CCTV covering my garden so thought no more of it. The next I know I have the Police around saying that there was a neighbourhood dispute and they needed my gun, I voluntarily gave my gun to them, I was told by the officer that it would only be for a few days whilst things settled down.
I explained the email I got from them falsely accusing me of running around the garden going up to their fence with a loaded shotgun and invited them to view the CCTV, they weren't interested!!! they said my nieghbour had only mentioned a neighbourhood dispute so it wasn't relevant, I couldn't believe it, I could prove my innocence but they weren't interested at all.
I contacted my FEO who was reluctant to talk about the issue and when asked how long my gun would be away replied 'I don't know', well the weeks went passed I emailed My FEO, no response, eventually he rang and made an appointment as part of a 'review'. He came around to my neighbours first and spent 2 hours with them, then he came to me and started reelling off a load of BS from my nieghbours saying things like ' i'd shot a squirrel on the fence between us and it fell in to their property, the truth!! I shot a squirrel on my property it ran through the fence and keeled over in their property and when I text them at the time, my nieghbour said 'just come around and get it, great job'. there were various other false allegations. I was honest in everything I told my FEO and offered for him to watch the CCTV, he declined as he was short of time, only spending 1/2 an hour with me.
I decided to send him a link to youtube where I place the video (Private only) so he could see it, no response, I rang the firearms dept and spoke to the head officer she said she would look into why he has been responding. I then found out he said he couldn't view it on his system, this was some 6 weeks later, I offered to put it on a DVD, we'll let you know was the response !! again the weeks went on I rang the head of the firearms dept again, she said 'she couldn't do anything until the FEO had written his report, when asked when would that be she replied she didnt know.
The whole thing was completely stressing myself and my wife out, more so my wife who wasn't that well anyway. the stress got so much for her that I decided it really wasn't worth fighting anymore and I reluctantly surrendered my licence and signed my gun over to my friend who still has it. Unfortunately I didnt get insurance so had no where to go.
We recently had a Sgt around saying he was reviewing stuff and this nieghbourhood thing came up and he just wanted clarify something, my wife did, and he said 'thats fine' he has now closed the neighbourhood case as there was nothing to answer. He also said that I should contact the fiearms dept and request my licence back as they was nothing in his view as to why I should have it back.
It appears that I now have to reapply as I surrendered my licence.
I am sorry that I have waffled on, my question is should I re apply and if I do should I join someone like BASC first and will they help me with any issues that might arise.