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Firearms Licensing - 090/20

Date Responded 11 February 2020

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked:

  1. What policies, provisions, legislation and procedures are used by your force for guidance and adherence when deciding to approve an application for any form of Firearms License, including where minors will gain access to Firearms?
  2. When deciding to approve an application for any form of Firearms License, is there a legislative, procedural or policy requirement that the applicant's employment must require use of a Firearm in order to obtain a license or are licenses available to all meeting the stipulations of Firearms legislation regardless of the purpose to which they would put a Firearm, e.g. sport shooting?
  3. When persons are convicted of crimes of violence such as assault or unlawful killing of wildlife or any animal, what cross-checks/policies, provisions, legislation and procedures does your force have in place for guidance and adherence when deciding to withdraw any form of Firearms License issued to said person(s)?

In Response:

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted within the Operations Department of Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.

  1. The Firearms Acts and Rules 1968 to 1998.  The Guide on Firearms Licensing Law April 2016. The Firearms Security Handbook 2019.
  2. Good reason to possess is assessed as per the Guide on Firearms Licensing Law.
  3. Once granted we continually review/assess all certificate holders to ensure that they continue to be a suitable person to possess firearms without danger to public safety or the peace.  We use markers on local systems and national systems which flag up if a certificate holder/their address has come to the adverse attention of the police or if there is anything of note that could raise concerns about their suitability.  All relevant information is collated and then assessed by the Firearms Licensing Manager who has the delegated authority to exercise all functions of the Chief Officer of Police under the Firearms Act 1968.        

The Northumbria Police website also holds firearm licensing information.  A simple search for ‘Firearms’ will bring back relevant returns.

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