Firearms: Licensing

Northern Ireland written question – answered on 19th February 2008.

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Photo of Sylvia Hermon Sylvia Hermon UUP, North Down

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

(1) what consideration is given to (a) imprisonable and (b) non-imprisonable driving offences when determining an application for a firearms licence in Northern Ireland;

(2) what consideration is given to criminal convictions, spent or otherwise, when determining an application for a firearms licence in Northern Ireland.

Photo of Paul Goggins Paul Goggins Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office

The Chief Constable of the Police Service for Northern Ireland has advised that applications for firearms certificates are assessed on a case by case basis and all relevant information, including criminal convictions, is taken into consideration in determining whether an applicant is a fit person to possess firearms within the meaning of Articles 5 and 63 (Prohibited Persons) of the Firearms (NI) Order 2004 and Appendix 2 of the Guidance on Northern Ireland Firearms Controls.

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