In a bid to reduce bureaucracy and save money in the firearms licensing process, guidance to police forces across England and Wales to remove unnecessary conditions on Firearms Certificates (FAC) have been announced this week.
In a letter to Chief Police Officers, Chief Constable Andy Marsh, the lead in firearms licensing issues for the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), has urged police forces to simplify the restrictive conditions placed on FACs.
The letter advises forces that the condition of 'Any Other Lawful Quarry (AOLQ)' is added to certificates to simplify the multiple conditions that can appear on FACs. In addition, the use of mentoring conditions is to be discouraged, Marsh adding that: "The shooting community would like to see the removal of this condition and I do agree. The use of the condition is not proportionate to the associated costs or, in my view, to promoting or protecting public safety. As a comparative analogy to other business areas, we would not seek to place unenforceable bail conditions."