'Give me back my gun licence'

PUBLISHED: 07:33 14 January 2009 | UPDATED: 22:52 15 June 2010

A KEEN gamekeeper and hunter is appealing to police to reinstate his firearms licence.

A KEEN gamekeeper and hunter is appealing to police to reinstate his firearms licence.Robert Parker, 33, of Dunkeswell, has been unable to accept offers of work or go hunting for more than a year - ever since police seized an air rifle and two shotguns from his home.His firearms licence was subsequently revoked, even though he was not charged with any offence."I feel like I've been robbed by the police," Mr Parker told the Herald."I got the guns back but, because my licence had been revoked, I couldn't keep them. I had to sell them."Mr Parker believes his guns were confiscated because of a complaint made by a member of the public. "I didn't do anything wrong and I want my licence back," he said."I used my guns for gamekeeping and for rabbiting. "I was putting food on the table and bringing in some extra money."A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Constabulary said: "If a firearms or shotgun licence is revoked, the holder has 21 days to appeal to the crown court. "If this doesn't happen the licence stays revoked. "Anyone in this position can apply for a new licence and each new application will be considered before the licence is granted."Mr Parker has confirmed he will be reapplying for a licence.


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