Recently, a member of South Yorkshire Police Firearms Licensing Staff was dismissed for matters relating to the accuracy of firearm and shotgun records. Because of this the Firearms department have contacted their certificate holders to ask them to check their guns to try to ensure the police records are correct.
As a result of this, Chief Superintendent Odell and Inspector Gregory sought a meeting with the BASC firearms team, which was very open, wide-ranging, helpful and honest.
As a result, BASC now recommends the following
If you receive a letter from South Yorkshire police asking you to check your guns, complete the paperwork by supplying all the details of your guns. It would be best to check your firearms serial numbers from the guns themselves to ensure no errors have occurred at purchase etc. You can report any discrepancy without fear.
Fill in the questionnaire attached should you wish to do so, as this is a genuine wish on behalf of South Yorkshire police to engage with customers separately to the records issue. Your comments will lead to improved service.
Please note: South Yorkshire police will ask to visit certificate holders where they receive no reply. BASC advises you co-operate as far as possible in order to help South Yorkshire police to ensure their records are correct, which will ultimately help your sport.
South Yorkshire police have told us that they are committed to ensuring that this issue is dealt with swiftly and with minimal disruption to the certificate holders, their customers.