Firearms licensing during coronavirus outbreak

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First time grant applications for shotgun and firearm certificates

Some police forces are not accepting first-time grant applications because of difficulties they may be having with carrying out home visits during local and national Covid-19 restrictions.

However, some police forces have been adapting to the Covid-19 pandemic and are conducting home visits remotely using video conferencing calls on mobile phones.

BASC does not want to see anyone with an interest in shooting disadvantaged and we are encouraging police forces to adopt digital solutions to carry out home visits in order to fulfil their statutory duties for firearms licensing.

If you are a BASC member and are experiencing a delay with a first-time grant application please email for advice and assistance.

Renewals and Variations

Most police forces have continued to process renewals and variations, albeit with time delays in some cases due to the impact of Covid-19 on officer and staff functions. This is an ever-changing situation and BASC recommends that you contact your police force’s firearms licensing team for the latest situation.

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