As some of you may have read in this weeks Shooting Times, A rise of up to 88% in licensing fees for shotgun and firearms certificate holders has been proposed by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO).
The increases are outlined in a briefing paper prepared for the Home Office by ACPO's Firearms and Explosives Licensing Working Group.
If the proposals are accepted, they would increase the cost of obtaining a firearm or shotgun certificate from £50 to £93.80 - a rise of 88%.
Standard certificate renewals would rise from £40 to £66, an increase of 65% cent.
The NGO are writing to the relevant Home Office minister to complain about these proposals, I applaud them for getting involed with this fight and I am very pleased that another organisation is supporting BASC long held position.
It has long been BASC’s position that before there is any increase in licence fees there must be a consistent approach. We want all police forces to follow Home Office guidelines which is not being done across the board. They have got to conform to this standard. They cannot ask for ‘full cost recovery’ on licence fees before they show that they are efficient, that costs are minimised and that a standardised approach to licensing is applied across the country.
We want a full and thorough examination of licensing procedures across every police force in the country to make sure they are firstly adhering to Home Office guidelines and secondly applying a consistent and practical approach to firearms licensing.
This is an important issue, I am sure you all agree!