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Firearms licensing guidance updated Published Date: 30/08/2023

The College of Policing have published updated guidance on firearms licensing – which is the process of controlling access to firearms, including shotguns, to keep the public safe. 

The updates include:

  • information on roles and responsibilities of those within policing who work on firearms licensing
  • a framework to help all staff to contribute to the suitability assessment process when deciding whether to grant, refuse or revoke a firearms licence, or whether to return a firearm and certificate following their seizure
  • the processes that should be followed
  • practical information on effective planning, resourcing and running of firearms licensing teams

The College said:

"Police firearms licensing plays a crucial part in keeping the public safe. We’re working closely with the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) to support forces to prevent tragic incidents involving licence holders.

"Our updated APP provides guidance on checks that should be carried out when assessing applications to own firearms. It supports forces to adhere to the Home Office’s updated statutory guidance. It also addresses recommendations following the inquest into the Plymouth shootings."