Lords discuss licensing reform
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