People due to renew their shotgun or firearm certificate in 2015 should make sure they get their application in with plenty of time to spare, according to experts at the UK’s largest shooting organisation, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC).
Next year is one of the peak years of licensing activity as a regular five-year cycle of large numbers of certificates needing renewal approaches.
BASC wants to ensure members are well prepared for renewals and recommends that they get their applications in 12 weeks before their certificate is due to expire.
BASC is also working with police licensing departments to help with service improvements.
Bill Harriman, BASC’s director of firearms, said: “It is the individual’s responsibility to ensure that their certificates are renewed. To help the police renew your certificates in time next year we recommend that you get your applications to them twelve weeks before the expiry of your certificate. Do not wait for police reminder letters.
“Where the police are the source of any delay a permit should always be issued as per Home Office guidance but to avoid complications, we urge people to submit their renewals with extra time to spare.”
BASC members can call 01244 573010 for individual advice from our firearms team. For more information click here