Firearms Licensing Statutory Guidance 2021: the likely impact on firearms appeals – 5SAH

‘On 20 October 2021 the government published the latest statutory guidance for Chief Officers of Police. It comes into force on 1 November 2021. Given that the consultation was in 2019 it is almost certain that the timing of its publication and much of its content are a direct result of the tragic events in Plymouth on 12 August 2021, where five people were killed and two others injured by a man using a semi-automatic shotgun for which he held a shotgun certificate. This prompted steps to make the process of obtaining and, in particular, retaining a firearms or shotgun certificate more robust.’

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5SAH, 25th October 2021