BASC has instructed a specialist barrister to advise on whether a chief constable can insist that medical reports or statements are submitted as part of the firearms licensing application process.

The instruction is in response to a statement issued by Lincolnshire Police earlier this month that said medical checks will be required for the grant and renewal of shotgun and firearm certificates.

The QC, an administrative law specialist, will examine the extent of enquiries that can be undertaken by a chief officer for him to be satisfied that a person can be entrusted to possess a firearm or shotgun without danger to public safety or the peace.

Bill Harriman, BASC’s director of firearms,  said: “We are doing this because Lincolnshire’s policy totally ignores the agreed medical system set out in the Home Office guide on firearms licensing law.

“When we receive the legal opinion, we will make a decision as to whether to apply for a judicial review.”

Garry Doolan

Garry Doolan is BASC’s deputy director of communications and public affairs. He has more than 20 years experience of journalism and the media. He joined the organisation in 2016 and is a keen shooter and beater, with his springer spaniel Quincy.

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