Worth having a quick read of BASC's latest paper, which I support and applaud as a step forward but could we even take a step further?
Car drivers kill far more folk than firearms certificate holders, yet, my driving licence was issued for 52 years when I passed at 18. Like most folks I freely admit that my driving skills have most definitely improved considerably with experience and consequently my safety as a driver. We all know very well that there are many unsafe drivers on the road.
The key is that my driving licence can be revoked at any time for inappropriate behaviour as can any firearm certificate.
One is no less or more safe 30 years after being issued with a certificate than the day it is issued. You are either a safe shot or you are not. I fail to see the necessity for renewals at all.
Monitoring, as BASC so rightly point out, is now almost real time with the advent of linked databases.
I have no problem with sending in new pictures every 10 years but the police could even save themselves this cost if they simply link certificate to driving licence/passport pictures. which you update at any post office.
Why cannot a firearms certificate be for life?