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Attention Firearms Licence Owners: Have Your Say on Changes to Firearms Licensing

This is an opportunity to make your voice heard and contribute to shaping the future of firearms legislation, system of referees, and other key aspects of firearm licensing.


From June 29 2023, to August 23 2023, Gunstar invites you to participate by completing the online form available at: []


The primary objective of this paper is to gather valuable insights and opinions on the recommended changes to firearms licensing regulations. The Home Office specifically seeks your input on the proposed alterations to the system of referees, as well as various other aspects of firearm licensing.


It is crucial to note that the government has not yet made any concrete decisions regarding the recommendations under consideration. Your views will be meticulously reviewed and taken into account. In line with these goals, the government plans to consult on new fees in the summer of 2023. Following this, a necessary Statutory Instrument will be introduced to implement the fee changes later in the same year.


To further strengthen the system and raise industry standards, the government is actively supporting the College of Policing and the National Police Chief's Council as they seek to refresh the Authorised Professional Practice for firearms licensing and introduce a comprehensive national package of accredited training. Notably, £500,000 in funding has been allocated by the Home Office to the College for advancing this crucial training initiative. 


In the near future, His Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services will be conducting a thematic inspection of police forces' arrangements concerning firearms licensing. This inspection will take place in 2024/2025 and represents yet another testament to the constant refinement of processes.


While it was initially proposed to align shotgun and firearms legislation, the government has decided not to pursue this course at present. Additionally, insights regarding shotgun licensing are given high importance. Including the suggestion of individuals applying for shotgun certificates to provide character references from two referees.


As firearms licence owners, your input is invaluable. This is your opportunity to shape the future of firearms licensing in a meaningful way. Your participation matters, so please take the time to complete the online form and let your voice be heard.


Together, let's build a firearms licensing system that is fair, effective, and reflective of the needs and aspirations of firearms licence owners across the nation.



Read more about recent firearms licensing updates:


- Digital Firearms Marker enabled in GP practices across UK

- Investigation Finds Shocking Inconsistencies in Firearms Licensing System

- 2022 Statistics on Firearm and Shotgun Certificates