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Medical involvement in firearms licensing

What is happening?

A number of police forces have breached Home Office guidance by imposing mandatory GP screening for all applications of shotgun and firearm certificates.

What’s our position?

We are strongly opposed to the actions of these police forces and we are challenging these policy changes. Whilst we are working hard to find a political solution we reserve the right to take legal action as and when appropriate.

We want an efficient, cost-effective, robust system of firearms licensing that protects public safety and provides excellent service to the shooting community. We believe that all parties in the licensing process in England, Wales and Scotland should have statutory duties and must include GPs.

How can I help?

If you live in Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Gwent, Kent, Lancashire, Lincolnshire, Merseyside, Nottinghamshire, South Yorkshire or Thames Valley please write to your MP to raise your concerns.

We want to hear from all members who have experienced problems with medical involvement in firearms licensing. This will help us find solutions to these problems.

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England

Cheshire Constabulary

Cheshire Constabulary has made it mandatory for anyone applying for the grant or renewal of a shotgun or firearm certificate to have their medical declaration information verified by their GP confirming that they do not suffer any relevant medical conditions. 

These policy changes are in breach of Home Office guidance and a reasonable GP fee has not been agreed with Local Medical Committees.  Without such an agreement firearm and shotgun certificate holders are at risk of being disadvantaged by GPs charging extortionate fees.

Click here for more information on Cheshire Constabulary

Greater Manchester Police

Greater Manchester Police wants to make it mandatory for anyone applying for the grant or renewal of a shotgun or firearm certificate to provide a letter from their GP confirming that they do not suffer any relevant medical conditions. 

These policy changes are in breach of Home Office guidance.

Greater Manchester Police consulted with Local Medical Committees (LMC) about the policy change but the LMCs have yet to agree a recommendation for a reasonable fee.

Without such an agreement firearm and shotgun certificate holders are at risk of being disadvantaged by GPs charging extortionate fees.

The policy change has already been applied to all new applications made on or after 1 July 2019 and will apply to all renewals of certificates due to expire on or after 1 October 2019. 

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Kent Police

Kent Police has made it mandatory for anyone applying for the grant or renewal of a shotgun or firearm certificate to have their medical declaration information verified by their GP confirming that they do not suffer any relevant medical conditions. 

These policy changes are in breach of Home Office guidance and a reasonable GP fee has not been agreed with Local Medical Committees.  Without such an agreement firearm and shotgun certificate holders are at risk of being disadvantaged by GPs charging extortionate fees.

Click here for more information on Kent Police

Lancashire Constabulary

Lancashire Constabulary has made it mandatory for anyone applying for the grant or renewal of a shotgun, firearm or explosives certificate to provide a letter from their GP confirming that they do not suffer any relevant medical conditions.

In addition, Lancashire Constabulary has imposed a new requirement for the applicant to supply details of all occupants within their property.

These policy changes are in breach of Home Office guidance and a reasonable GP fee has not been agreed with Local Medical Committees.  Without such an agreement firearm and shotgun certificate holders are at risk of being disadvantaged by GPs charging extortionate fees.

Click here for more information on Lancashire Constabulary

Lincolnshire Police

Lincolnshire Police has made it mandatory for anyone applying for the grant or renewal of a shotgun, firearm or explosives certificate to have their medical declaration information verified by their GP.

These policy changes are in breach of Home Office guidance.

Lincolnshire Police has worked with Local Medical Committees (LMC) and a fee of £40 – £50 plus VAT has been suggested by the LMC to GPs as “a reasonable fee for the initial factual report”.

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Merseyside Police

Merseyside Police has made it mandatory for anyone applying for the grant or renewal of a shotgun or firearm certificate to have their medical declaration information verified by their GP confirming that they do not suffer any relevant medical conditions. 

These policy changes are in breach of Home Office guidance and a reasonable GP fee has not been agreed with Local Medical Committees.  Without such an agreement firearm and shotgun certificate holders are at risk of being disadvantaged by GPs charging extortionate fees.

Click here for more information on Merseyside Police

Nottinghamshire Police

Nottinghamshire Police has made it mandatory for anyone applying for the grant or renewal of a shotgun or firearm certificate to have their medical declaration information verified by their GP confirming that they do not suffer any relevant medical conditions. 

These policy changes are in breach of Home Office guidance and a reasonable GP fee has not been agreed with Local Medical Committees.  Without such an agreement firearm and shotgun certificate holders are at risk of being disadvantaged by GPs charging extortionate fees.

Click here for more information on Nottinghamshire Police

South Yorkshire Police

South Yorkshire Police has made a policy change that affects applicants whose GP surgery responds to the initial police letter stating either that they are conscientious objectors or that the practice has decided not to participate in the medical information sharing process. If you are a BASC member and are affected by this policy change please contact our firearms team for advice.

Click here for more information on South Yorkshire Police

Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police has made it mandatory for anyone applying for the grant or renewal of a shotgun or firearm certificate to have their medical declaration information verified by their GP confirming that they do not suffer any relevant medical conditions. 

These policy changes are in breach of Home Office guidance and a reasonable GP fee has not been agreed with Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire Local Medical Committees.  Without such an agreement firearm and shotgun certificate holders are at risk of being disadvantaged by GPs charging extortionate fees.

Click here for more information on Thames Valley Police

 

Wales

Gwent Police

Gwent Police has made it mandatory for anyone applying for the grant or renewal of a shotgun or firearm certificate to have their medical declaration information verified by their GP confirming that they do not suffer any relevant medical conditions.

These policy changes are in breach of Home Office guidance and a reasonable GP fee has not been agreed with Local Medical Committees.  Without such an agreement firearm and shotgun certificate holders are at risk of being disadvantaged by GPs charging extortionate fees.

Click here for more information on Gwent Police

This webpage will be updated with any new developments on medical involvement in firearms licensing.

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