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Fees consultation: Government-administered firearms licences

posted 27 Jan 2017, 06:16 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 27 Jan 2017, 06:16 ]
Members may be aware of the following public consultation from the Home Office.

We shall be responding as HBSA and also liaising with BSSC who receive input from their members, so we will be likely to cover all the necessary points.

If you have views and comments, whilst you may submit a personal response, it is preferable to have a co-ordinated one sent from HBSA so please do send your comments or thoughts to chairman@hbsa-uk.org and general.secretary@hbsa-uk.org. We will thus pull together all of the points which we will submit in one document on behalf of HBSA. It is generally the case that more credence is given to responses from Associations and groups who represent the views of many members.

Derek Stimpson

The Home Office has today (12th January 2017) published a consultation which seeks views on the implementation of new cost-recovery fees for firearms licences that are issued by the Home Office and Scottish Ministers: licences for prohibited firearms, museums with firearms collections and approved shooting clubs. The Policing and Crime Bill, currently before Parliament, contains provision for the Home Secretary to set the fees for these licences types, with the intention that they recover the full costs of administering the application process.

The consultation lasts for 8 weeks and closes on 9 March. It is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/firearms-licensing-fees