The security arrangements for the storage of firearms must be satisfactory to the local Chief Officer of Police, acting through the force Firearms Licensing Department.
The ban on "day" or "temporary" membership is to stop casual shooters being able to come in off the streets and shoot. It should not be confused with properly organised guest days, competition shoots between clubs or competitions open to individuals
who are not members of that club.
Examples of recognised outside organisations, whose members may be guest members of approved rifle and muzzle loading pistol clubs, are Scouts and Guides, schools, Rotary Clubs and Women's Institutes. The duty to notify the police of guest days is laid on the club secretary, although this may be delegated to their club liaison officer.
A probationary period of three (3) months is a minimum for new members. It is open to clubs to set a longer probationary period should they see fit, either as a standard practice or to extend the probationary period of an individual if it is deemed necessary. The club may end a probationer's membership at any time.
Recognised coaching qualifications for the purpose of Home Office criteria for approved clubs are: