THE RICS have issued detailed advice on gun safety in the saleroom. The advice follows the recent case where an auctioneer was fined after a professional musician lost part of his finger when a starting pistol was discharged in the saleroom.

Bill Harriman, director of firearms at the British Association for Shooting and Conservation, has set out the guidelines for the RICS, who have printed them in the latest issue of The Arts Surveyor, their inhouse publication, a copy of which can be downloaded from the Antiques and Fine Art faculty website at