Firearms licensing during coronavirus outbreak
Following lockdowns in March, most police forces were unable to accept first-time grant applications and variations due to the impact of COVID-19 on officer and staff functions. However, most police forces continued to process renewals, albeit with time delays in many cases.
As COVID-19 restrictions have eased, BASC has been urging police forces to resume all firearms licensing services as soon as possible to reduce the backlogs that have been building up since March. We do not want to see anyone with an interest in shooting disadvantaged.
Police forces that have resumed the processing of grants, visitor permits and variations include:
Police Service of Northern Ireland
North Wales Police
Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire firearms licensing department
However, this is an ever-changing situation and BASC recommends that you contact your police force’s firearms licensing team for the latest situation.
BASC has announced it is holding subscriptions at the level set in 2019 until at least March 2022 in response to the Coronavirus crisis.
Tens of thousands of firearm certificate holders could be at risk of breaking the law as licensing department resources restricted.
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