Home Office revamps firearms licensing

04_news picAs of 1 April changes have been implemented to the firearms licensing process that include notifications of firearms ownership for doctors.

These changes come in response to recommendations put forwards by coroners, medical professionals and the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC). The new system allows GPs to place encoded markers on licensees’ medical records to prompt doctors to consider contacting police in the event of health concerns that affect firearms possession.

Essex Police ran a pilot of the scheme, involving more than 7,000 firearms owners. The results of the pilot were deemed highly successful, and it was only necessary to consult GPs in less than two per cent of applications.

BASC has welcomed the changes, considering it a step closer to the adoption of 10-year certificates. BASC also pointed out that the new system is preferable to a previously considered suggestion where an applicant would have to pay for their GPs to approve a self-declaration medical form.

“BASC welcomes the commitment of the Home Office to the development of a sensible and pragmatic solution,” said Gary Ashton, BASC’s director of firearms.

Guidance on changes to the licensing process can be found online.

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2 comments on “Home Office revamps firearms licensing
  1. jim thatcher says:

    another nail in the coffin of the shooter,I am astounded that BASC have seen this as a good move, so much so I have cancelled my membership..

  2. Amy says:

    And this will also apply to the psycho gun toting criminal?

    Hmm, thought not.

    Once again, Gun Control has little to do with guns but is all about control

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