Obtaining an FAC

  • Obtaining an FAC
  • The process of obtaining your firearms certificate will take up to 12 months and is completed in 10 steps.
  • 1) Locate your local rifle clubs this can be completed by contacting the NRA (details on the links page). My recommendation would be to start on smallbore, it is easier as you do not have to think about the elements taking control of the bullet so much, it is also a lot cheaper for the rifles, ammunition and accessories plus there are a lot more clubs around to accommodate your chosen sport so you will have more opportunities to practice.
  • 2) Now you have discovered the local clubs which one will you join? The best advice is to check out their web sites and then visit the ones that you still fancy to see if you like the facilities & see if the natives are friendly.
  • 3) Now you have chosen your club you need to register for probationary membership, this will involve signing a “section 21 form” stating that you have not been naughty in the past and paying a small fee.
  • 4) Depending on the club rules, the frequency of your visits and a number of other factors your probationary membership will now last between three and six months, during this time your details will also be sent to the local police to see if they have any objections to your membership (confirmation of the section 21 conditions etc).
  • 5) At the end of your probationary membership period, a committee member will propose that you are made into a full member, the rest of the committee will then consider your attendance, if you have participated in the upkeep of the club (all members of regional clubs are expected to do this) and of course, if you are considered safe with and around firearms. If no one has any objections then your full membership will be approved, this decision will be communicated to the police so that you can start on your FAC application.
  • 6) Security: When purchasing your safe, remember to buy one that is twice the size that you think that you will need. You need to leave a space between rifles so that they do not scratch each other when getting them in & out. Think about scopes, most safes will not take a rifle with the scope still fitted so if you are going to get into F class eventually go for an extra deep safe. Unless you wish to keep re-decorating the safe will need to last quite a few years so it will need to cope with a growing passion as well. Where will you locate your safe? it needs to be in an area of the house which is not accessed by visitors and where it can be bolted to a supporting wall.