Home Office to Replace Gun Register System: What This Means for RFDs
The Home Office is seeking to replace its National Firearms Licensing Management System (NFLMS), which could have a significant impact on registered firearm dealers (RFDs) in the UK. The current system, which has been in place since the mid-2000s, is due for replacement and the Home Office has put out a call for tenders.
This has caused some concern among gun dealers, who are worried about how the new system will work and what changes it might bring. In this blog post, we'll take a closer look at the NFLMS and what gun dealers can expect from the replacement system.
What is the National Firearms Licensing Management System?
The National Firearms Licensing Management System (NFLMS) is a database that is used by the police to track gun dealers and gun ownership in the UK. It was introduced in the wake of the Dunblane massacre, when 16 children and their teacher were shot dead by a lone gunman. The NFLMS helps the police to monitor gun ownership and gun dealers, and to ensure that gun owners are complying with the law.
Why is the National Firearms Licensing Management System being replaced?
The current National Firearms Licensing Management System is due for replacement, but why does it need a £20M revamp? Arguably, the biggest issue with the current system is data quality, with instances of significant inaccuracies found in in the NFLMS data. This is clearly a problem for the police, who rely on the accuracy of the data to do their job.
From illegible handwriting to inaccurate information, the current system of taking information from a pen and paper gun register is far from perfect. The Home Office could be looking for a more centralised online gun register, meaning the database can be searched, sorted and edited at the click of a button.
What will this mean for Registered Firearms Dealers in England and Wales?
There are around 3,300 register gun dealers in the UK, and most of them will eventually be affected by the replacement of the NFLMS. The new system is likely to bring about some changes to the way that gun dealers operate. For example, it is possible that gun dealers will have to provide more information to the police about their customers. This could include information about the customer's gun ownership and gun storage.
It is also possible that the new system will require gun dealers to undergo more frequent police checks. This is likely to be a controversial change, as gun dealers argue that they already undergo regular checks by the police.
The bottom line is that gun dealers need to be prepared in the role out of the new changes coming in next few years.
One way RFDs can ensure they stay organised and always compliant is the use of an online gun register. GunPromoter's latest addition, the Gun Register, is a fully automated online firearms and ammunition register.
The Gun Register automatically generates Form 11’s every time you complete a sale then sends electronically to your local police forces, so you never have to worry about being compliant. An integrated ‘RFD Audit’ logs every detail and update made to your inventory. Additionally, end-to-end encryption and best-in-class technology keep your data and business safe.
So, if you’re a gun dealer preparing for the replacement of the National Firearms Licensing Management System, make sure you check out GunPromoter's Gun Register and be sure to book a call, if you wish to learn more. It could be just what you need to stay compliant and organised. Visit GunPromoter today to find out more.