Medical involvement in firearms licensing

What is happening?

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

If your grant or renewal is with any of the police forces listed in the sections below then you will need to involve your GP as per the instructions given by your police force; and your GP may charge a fee for this service.

If you do not follow your police force’s instructions for GP involvement then your application will not proceed. See the sections below for more information.

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 within any of the police force areas listed below please write to your Police and Crime Commissioner 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.

England

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

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

This policy change will also apply to all applications to renew a shotgun, firearms or explosives certificate on or after 1 Feb 2020.

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 Derbyshire Constabulary

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

This policy change will also apply to all applications to renew a shotgun, firearms or explosives certificate on or after 1 Feb 2020.

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.

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Gloucestershire Constabulary is making it mandatory for anyone applying for the grant of a shotgun, firearm or explosives certificate from 20 November 2019 onwards to have their medical declaration information verified by their GP confirming that they do not suffer any relevant medical conditions.

This policy change will also apply to all applications to renew a shotgun, firearms or explosives certificate on or after 1 January 2020.

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.

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Greater Manchester 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 confirming that they do not suffer any relevant medical conditions.

This policy change breaches 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.

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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. 

This policy change breaches 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.

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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.

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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.

This policy change breaches 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 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. 

This policy change breaches 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 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. 

This policy change breaches 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 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.

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Surrey Police is making it mandatory for anyone applying for the grant or renewal of a shotgun, firearm or explosives certificate from 1 January 2020 onwards 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 Surrey Police

Sussex Police is making it mandatory for anyone applying for the grant or renewal of a shotgun, firearm or explosives certificate from 1 January 2020 onwards 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 Sussex 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 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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