The current five-year term for shotgun and firearms licences should be extended to 10, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation has said in a formal proposal to the government.

The association says this would cut administrative costs and allow police forces to better focus on enforcement.

BASC chief executive Richard Ali said: “The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) argued for the extension of a certificate from three to five years. This was introduced in 1995, on the basis that it would improve public safety while reducing bureaucracy. Extending a certificate to 10 years would allow the police to focus on checking on potential problem cases rather than being caught in an endless whirl of bureaucracy.”


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