Changes have been made to South Yorkshire Police’s firearms licensing system, in line with national guidance.
As per Home Office guidance, anyone submitting an application for a firearm or shotgun license, or for a renewal, must be subject to medical record checks with their GP. A GP will be given 21-days to highlight any concerns. Where a GP raises a concern further investigation will be required before the application can be completed. After 21 days if the GP has not raised any concerns then the application will progress.
In circumstances where the GP informs the police that these checks have not been carried out, the applicant will be informed and advised to contact their GP. The applicant will be allowed a further 28 days to resolve this issue.
The change in policy aims to improve the safeguarding measures involved in the current process, prioritising the safety of the licensee and the wider public and adherence to the guidance and policies directed by the Home Office.
Anyone with questions or concerns is asked to contact / write to David MacLeod or Robert Acton at the Firearms Licensing team, Carbrook House, 5 Carbrook Hall Road, Sheffield s9 2EH.
Alternatively, you can call them on 0114 2964186.
To read more on licensing and for further information, please visit the dedicated webpage by clicking here.
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