|New Firearms Licensing Statutory Guidance – FAQ’s|
Why has there been a change to the Home Office Guidance for Firearms Licensing?
The inspection of police firearms licensing by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services highlighted the need for more consistency in the application of firearms licensing law by police forces and recommended that existing Home Office guidance be put on a statutory footing. This guidance is a result of a two-year consultation process and is not a direct response by government to the recent shootings in Plymouth.
Which stakeholders have been involved in the consultation process?
The guidance has been produced following close work between the Home Office, Department of Health and Social Care, the Police and other stakeholders, such as shooting organisations, to reform and streamline the firearm and shotgun licensing process to ensure there are more consistent processes for the police, medical professionals and applicants.
When does the guidance come into effect?
The Firearms Licensing Statutory Guidance comes into force on 1st November 2021.
How does this guidance affect grant applications, with regards to medical information?
The current medical policy in place for Thames Valley Police is now supported by the Statutory Guidance.
All grant applications submitted to police must be accompanied by a medical pro forma, signed by a doctor with a full, specialist or GP (rather than provisional) GMC registration and a licence to practise (including where this doctor is providing this service for a private company). The new medical pro forma can be found on our force website from 1st November 2021, until then we will continue to accept the current TVP/BBOLMC pro forma.
How does this guidance affect renewal applications, with regards to medical information?
The firearms licensing department sends out renewal letters to certificate holders 4 months prior to the certificate expiry date. On receipt of this letter it is important that you make contact with your GP or private medical company to obtain your medical information. All renewal applications submitted to the police must be accompanied by a medical pro forma, signed by a doctor with a full, specialist or GP (rather than provisional) GMC registration and a licence to practise (including where this doctor is providing this service for a private company).
The statutory guidance is clear that we will be unable to renew your certificate without this information.