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posted 24 Mar 2016, 16:41 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 25 Mar 2016, 08:19 ]
Members will be interested to note the attached fact sheet received from the Home Office via BSSC.

The Home Office, in sending this to BSSC commented “The medical guidance documents have been given clearance for publication as part of the revised HO Firearms Guide on 1 April. In the meantime, we are attaching the final version of the Factsheet which can be made available to your members”

This follows a review of the medical evidence system with input from all the stakeholders involved. I would draw your attention to the following paragraph.

”The new system has been developed following recommendations for change from coroners and the IPCC, and after the British Medical Association voiced concerns about weaknesses in the current process. It has been developed by the police and GP representatives, in conjunction with shooting organisations and the Information Commissioners Office.
Further improvements are planned for introduction later this year when police will contact each applicant’s GP during the application process instead of after the certificate is granted. Guidancewill be issued prior to introduction of these additional improvements”

UK has opted to continue with a “monitoring” system rather than the “test” system sought by the EU.

Any questions to Chairman or Hon Sec please.

Derek Stimpson