There are a wide range of complex issues being considered. Over the coming weeks updates will be provided on fees, processing times, age reduction, a banded system and security specifications for firearms dealers. A proposal for ten-year firearms certificates is also being considered.
BASC is grateful for all the feedback and support it has received on these issues to date. Your views provide an important steer. If you wish to share your views on any of the issues listed below please click here to email BASC or phone the BASC NI office on 028 9260 5050.
As far as the legislative changes to NI firearms legislation are concerned, there is no timeframe for change at this point. The Secretary of State is authorised by Article 75 of the Firearms (Northern Ireland) Order 2004 to vary any sum specified in Schedule 6 of the Order however the introduction of new fees and other legislative changes such as the age reduction for young shooters and the banded system would require a change to primary legislation and a suitable legislative vehicle.
Progress to date
BASC has been working hard to achieve progress. See links below of some key updates we have provided over the last 18 months.
Dec 2013 – BASC discusses shooting at Stormont
Nov 2013 – BASC proposes ten-year certificates
Oct 2013 – Justice Committee again rejects fees increase
July 2013 – Dealers’ security specifications enforcement postponed
June 2013 – Justice Committee rejects fees increase
March 2013 – BASC challenges “unacceptable” NI firearms licensing delays
Nov 2012 – BASC welcomes reduced red tape for NI shooting visitors
Sept 2012 – BASC organises firearms dealers meeting
July 2012 – BASC organises a petition on the consultation
June 2012 – BASC fights NI fees increase proposals
June 2012 – Firearms law consultation launched