Gp li­cens­ing prob­lems con­tinue

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BASC is chal­leng­ing de­ci­sions by Not­ting­hamshire Po­lice and Cheshire Con­stab­u­lary to change their firearms li­cens­ing poli­cies.

Un­der the new pol­icy brought in by both forces, firearm and shot­gun cer­tifi­cate ap­pli­cants must have their med­i­cal dec­la­ra­tion in­for­ma­tion ver­i­fied by their GP.

This change brings them in line with forces in Lin­colnshire, Kent and Mersey­side and is part of the on­go­ing saga sur­round­ing the role of GPS in firearms li­cens­ing. It goes against Home Of­fice guid­ance stat­ing that if a po­lice force does not re­ceive a re­sponse to their ini­tial re­quest for med­i­cal in­for­ma­tion from an ap­pli­cant’s GP, they should as­sume there are no med­i­cal is­sues and grant a li­cence.

Christo­pher Graf­fius, BASC’S ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of com­mu­ni­ca­tions and pub­lic af­fairs, said: “What we want is an ef­fi­cient, cost-ef­fec­tive and ro­bust sys­tem of firearms li­cens­ing that pro­tects pub­lic safety and pro­vides ex­cel­lent ser­vice to the shoot­ing com­mu­nity. We be­lieve that is best pro­vided by po­lice forces fol­low­ing the agreed pro­to­cols laid down by the Home Of­fice.”

He added: “We also want to raise our fears that GPS will not be con­sis­tent in the fees they may charge for med­i­cal checks and we want as­sur­ances that a sys­tem will be put in place to en­sure GPS put an en­coded re­minder on cer­tifi­cate hold­ers’ med­i­cal notes in case med­i­cal is­sues arise dur­ing the life of the cer­tifi­cate.”

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