New guidance on firearms licensing – which has been produced by the Home Office in consultation with the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) and others – will be published today. The guidance sets the standards to drive efficiency, consistency and reduce bureaucracy for the police and those who shoot.
In August BASC wrote to police forces seeking formal assurances that they did not allow the RSPCA to have access to firearms licensing information. Assurances have been given by Bedfordshire Police, Hertfordshire Constabulary, Lincolnshire Police, South Wales Police, Police Scotland and Police Service of Northern Ireland.
A decision by the Home Office to postpone an increase in firearms certificate fees to allow further work on costs and the role of medical advice in the licensing process has been welcomed by the UK’s largest shooting organisation, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC).
Durham Constabulary has been accused of exceeding its legal authority by demanding that firearm and shotgun certificate applicants provide and pay for a medical report from their GPs. The UK’s largest shooting organisation, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), is advising its members that the additional requirement goes beyond the existing stipulations set out by law and in Home Office guidance on firearms licensing.
Police forces in the UK are being asked for formal assurances that they do not share confidential firearms licensing information with private or charitable organisations.
Following consultation with the UK’s largest shooting organisation, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) and an online vote by BASC members, a new form designed to simplify the firearms application process has been published by the Home Office. Under the current system, renewing coterminous certificates means completing four Read more…