Section 8 of the 1968 Firearms Act mentions but does not define servants. The term has been interpreted differently by courts in connection with a number of different pieces of legislation. Until such time as the situation can be resolved by a change of primary legislation the common dictionary meaning of “a person employed to work for another” should be used. It is accepted that in some instances a servant will not receive actual payment for their employment.
Registered firearms dealers must notify the Firearms Licensing Department in writing of any persons qualifying to act as their servant and notify when a person ceases to be employed. In order to facilitate the checks that are needed to determine whether the proposed servant is a fit person under the Act the dealer must supply the following information:
- Name in full
- Any previous name (for example, maiden name)
- Date of birth
- Place of birth
- Current address including postcode
- Any address including postcode during the last five years