BASC has published a paper entitled “BASC Assessment of Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Bill”.
Shotgun and firearm certificates should be valid for ten years, rather than the current five, in order to improve enforcement, boost public safety and cut the administrative burden and cost for police forces, according to the UK’s largest shooting organisation, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC).
In August BASC wrote to police forces seeking formal assurances that they did not allow the RSPCA to have access to firearms licensing information. Assurances have been given by Bedfordshire Police, Hertfordshire Constabulary, Lincolnshire Police, South Wales Police, Police Scotland and Police Service of Northern Ireland.
Police forces in the UK are being asked for formal assurances that they do not share confidential firearms licensing information with private or charitable organisations.
A police bid for increased fees for firearms licensing must be fair and must be matched by improved efficiency and consistent service delivery, according to BASC.