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    New firearms application forms by 1st December

    BASC members help to simplify firearms licensing.

    8th August 2013

    Following consultation with the UK's largest shooting organisation, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) and an online vote by BASC members, a new form designed to simplify the firearms application process has been published by the Home Office.

    Under the current system, renewing coterminous certificates means completing four separate forms, with the same details repeated time and time again, an issue which has frustrated BASC members for many years. The new procedure, made available from December 1st 2013, will include only one form for grants and renewals. There will be a small separate form for anyone wanting to vary their firearm certificate

    Other benefits to be introduced include the removal of the requirement for a professionally-qualified countersignatory. This means applicants will no longer need to approach a person such as an MP or Doctor to sign their shotgun certificate but will be able to use a suitable person who has known them for over two years, and who is not a family member, Registered Firearms Dealer or police employee.

    Ammunition requirements have also been simplified; under the new system it will no longer be mandatory to declare how much ammunition can be bought, only how much can be possessed.

    For co-terminous applications for shotgun and firearm certificates there is now a requirement for only four photographs to accompany the joint application rather than eight.

    Along with the new single form there will be an “equality information” page. This is not a compulsory form and need only be completed if the applicant wishes to.

    BASC’s senior firearms officer Mike Eveleigh said: “BASC has worked with the police and Home Office for over eight years in an attempt to simplify and refine the forms and while they are not perfect in our eyes, they are a great improvement over the previous forms. They are a genuine attempt to simplify the process and we would like to thank all the BASC members who voted and helped with the development.”

    Once new forms are available for online download, BASC will updates its forms and fees page -

    The Firearms (Amendment) Rules 2013 can be viewed in full here -
    Last edited by BASC Firearms Dept; 08-08-2013 at 22:45.

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    Thunderous applause Mike!!!!!!!
    (The Unspeakable In Pursuit Of The Uneatable.) " If I can help, I will help!." Former S.A.C.S. member!

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    Well done BASC ! Its a real step forward and BASC seem to be the only organisation with shooting insurance as part of their offering engaging with the police on issues like this. Or am I wrong ?

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    A Firearms Good News Story? I was glad I was sitting down when I read that!

    Seriously though well done BASC - glad I am a Member.
    I like the ammunition changes in particular, I always thought that the two sets of 'purchase' and 'possess' numbers was daft.

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    From the link Mike gave this is the revised FAC/SG form

    The Firearms (Amendment) Rules 2013

    And if you click onto the next page you can read the revised variation form.

    Just wonder how the elimination of the buy limit applies to current FACs?

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    That does sound good. Hope even those that are not friends of BASC on here can applaud a job well done.

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    Well done, a good job from BASC yet again.

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    Are we going to be able to fill these new forms in electronically and save completed, or part completed, copies?

    I've not had a proper look at them yet, so sorry if it is obvious!!


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    Thank God, that endless repetition was soul destroying, good news for a change.

    A clever man knows his strengths, a wise man knows his weaknesses

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    eCommerce is being looked at, online applications has serious interest within ACPO and Home Office. Watch this space.
    Last edited by BASC Firearms Dept; 08-08-2013 at 16:21.

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