The Chief Firearms Officer is interpreting “needs” in the Firearms Regulation two different ways for their own uses. The same word “needs” is used in the identical passage, except for what the bearer’s circumstances are.
For those applying under 3(a) – guards for money – the word needs is taken by the CFO as being ~ a pistol is needed as part of the job.
For those applying under 3(b) – wilderness protection – the word needs is taken by the CFO as being ~ a pistol is wanted as part of the wilderness experience.
Here is the regulation:
For the purpose of section 20 of the Firearms Act, the circumstances in which an individual needs restricted firearms or prohibited handguns for use in connection with his or her lawful profession or occupation are where
(a) the individual’s principal activity is the handling, transportation or protection of cash, negotiable instruments or other goods of substantial value, and firearms are required for the purpose of protecting his or her life or the lives of other individuals in the course of that handling, transportation or protection activity;
(b) the individual is working in a remote wilderness area and firearms are required for the protection of the life of that individual or of other individuals from wild animals;
So sorting out whether needs is used as a verb or noun helps make a determination whether using the word needs can actually be used two ways in the same regulation to apply to the subset below in a or b at random. I think that needs here is used as an attribute in this context, a noun, and not flexible.
The reason it is worth the headache to understand this is because people that apply as – guards – in (a) are always approved, whereas those applying under – wildlife – in (b), are regularly not approved because needs is taken to not be a attribute of the situation, but rather a want or casual askance as in a verb.
I need to get it straight in my head, and notice I do not write – I needs to get this straight in my head. It is about tribunal fairness.
Needs as a noun – [countable] [usually plural] something that you need in order to be healthy, comfortable, successful etc
Needs as a verb – The needs washed construction consists of a form of the verb need (or want or like) followed by a passive participle. For example, in sentence (1), needs repaired is an example of this construction; it has needs as its form of need followed by repaired as its passive participle: 1) The car needs repaired. In standard English, (1) would not be acceptable. Instead, repaired would either need to become an infinitive (a verb form with to), as in (2a), or a gerund (a verbal noun ending in -ing), as in (2b):
It seems “needs” used as a verb is usually not in the plural. But in the Regulations it is definitely a plural, as is usually the case when “needs” is a noun.
I have been looking all over the web and keep coming back to noun? Once I am satisfied needs is a noun I can feel out the rest of the wording to see whether the CFO is actually applying the word “needs” for different meanings to get the results the CFO desire.
I’m thinking it is wrong to take that leap if in the context “needs” is a noun.
The word needs is used only once in the section of the regulation you quoted, and it is used as a verb.
The two subsections use the phrase “are required”.