Home Office – Guide on Firearms Licensing Law
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Some notable updates to the guidance since 2002 include:
- Reinforcing the importance of proper assessment, specifically with regards to domestic violence, when considering a person’s fitness to carry a firearm. It will ensure evidence of domestic violence is considered without increasing the risk to the victims we are trying to protect.
- Reducing the bureaucracy within police firearms licensing departments by reviewing the conditions on firearm certificates; and
- New sections covering emerging issues related to firearms and shotgun licensing. For example new guidance for applicants who wish to possess firearms on UK registered ships in a response to the risk of piracy.
This is an important document for anyone who is involved in firearms licensing or who has an interest in firearms or shotguns for either work or leisure purposes. Whilst we have the most robust firearms licensing system in the world, we can always strive to be more efficient, and make the licensing process as practical and as safe as possible.
Minister of State for Policing and Criminal Justice