Extending the duration of firearm and shotgun certificates.
Published: September 2015
This paper calls for the extension of shotgun and firearm certificate duration from five to ten years, on the basis that such a change will improve efficiency and effectiveness within the police service, and provide an enhanced service to certificate holders without impacting public safety. Significant improvements in police licensing now allow 24/7/365 monitoring of certificate holders, meaning that risk remains low and stable over time. The paper recommends a phased introduction method of ten year certificates, which would smooth the current ‘peaks’ and ‘troughs’ in police licensing department workloads. It would also reflect a move towards compliance with the governments stance on better regulation.