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Firearms: Licensing

Home Office written question – answered on 2nd March 2018.

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Photo of Richard Burden Richard Burden Labour, Birmingham, Northfield

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure that medical practices comply with published guidance on the medical requirements for obtaining a firearms license.

Photo of Nick Hurd Nick Hurd The Minister of State, Home Department

The arrangements for providing medical information as part of the firearms licensing process, introduced in 2016, are voluntary and we know that there is significant variation in how GPs respond to the police request for this information.

We have been in discussions with the police, the relevant medical bodies, and representatives of shooting organisations about how greater consistency can be achieved across England and Wales.

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