Lords dis­cuss li­cens­ing re­form

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Shoot­ers ap­ply­ing for firearms li­cences who are frus­trated by GP fees and de­lays in re­ceiv­ing their cer­tifi­cates will be en­cour­aged to learn that re­form of firearms li­cens­ing law was a key topic in the House of Lords on 7 Jan­uary.

Dur­ing the Gov­ern­ment’s Of­fen­sive Weapons Bill de­bate, Lord Shrews­bury crit­i­cised the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion, com­ment­ing: “There is no con­sis­tency of prac­tice be­tween po­lice forces, nor is there any con­sis­tency of the fee charged to the ap­pli­cant by his or her GP for a med­i­cal as­sess­ment.”

GP in­volve­ment was high­lighted by Lord Caith­ness, who stated that prob­lems with back­ground med­i­cal checks were lead­ing to a “dis­like of leg­is­la­tion”.

Speak­ing to Shoot­ing Times, BASC’S Garry Doolan said: “It is en­cour­ag­ing that peers recog­nise the fail­ings in cur­rent op­er­at­ing prac­tices by some GPS and some po­lice forces which are caus­ing dif­fi­cul­ties for ap­pli­cants.”

Home Of­fice min­is­ter Baroness Wil­liams of Traf­ford con­firmed that while the Gov­ern­ment has no in­ten­tion of re­vis­it­ing large-cal­i­bre ri­fles in the bill, they will be the sub­ject of a broader firearms re­view.

BASC said it was en­cour­ag­ing that peers recog­nise the fail­ings in cur­rent op­er­at­ing prac­tices

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