Firearms: Registration

House of Lords written question – answered on 15th January 2015.

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Photo of The Earl of Shrewsbury The Earl of Shrewsbury Conservative

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the status of Firearms Dealers Computerised Registers as originally required by the Home Office and agreed with the Gun Trade Association in July 2013; whether the requirement been rescinded; and if so, for what reason.

Photo of Lord Bates Lord Bates The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

In order to comply with European Union Directive 2008/51/EC, the Government must have established a computerised filing system to record and maintain details about the supply and ownership of legal firearms by the end of 2014.

We already have robust processes in place as firearms dealers are required to maintain their own register of firearms under the Firearms Act 1968, details of which are passed to the National Firearms Licensing Management System in England and Wales and Shogun in Scotland. Records and registers will now need to be kept for a minimum of twenty years and this will require an amendment to secondary legislation.

Although our original approach was for dealers to computerise their records, we recently announced that we would be continuing to use the existing centralised systems for the majority of the recorded transactions, as this reduces the impact on both police and firearms dealers. However, we will continue to recommend that dealers keep computerised records as a matter of best practice.

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