- Broad subject: Crime
- Subcategory: Firearms
- Implementation date: 1 December 2013
- From: Police Transparency Unit, Policing Directorate, Crime and Policing Group
- For more info contact:
- Addressed to: chief officers of Police (England and Wales) Chief Officer of Police (Scotland), chief crown prosecutors
- Copies sent to: clerks to Crown Courts, clerks to Magistrates’ Court committee, circuit administrators, Sheriffs’ Courts, Scottish government
This circular advises recipients that the provisions as indicated in the Firearms (Amendment) Rules 2013 and the Firearms (Amendment) (No. 2) Rules 2013 can now be used.
The Firearms (Amendment) Rules 2013 were made on 23 July 2013 and the Firearms (Amendment) (No. 2) Rules 2013 were made on 19 November 2013, both with a commencement date of 1 December 2013.
The Firearms (Amendment) Rules 2013 include a new single application for a firearm and/or shotgun certificate. This replaces the 2 separate forms which were previously used. A new application form to vary a firearm certificate is also introduced.
The Firearms (Amendment) (No. 2) Rules 2013 introduces new firearm and shotgun certificates, which replace those in the Firearms Rules 1998. A new, single auctioneer’s permit is also being introduced and replaces the 2 separate permits previously used.
The Firearms (Amendment) Rules 2013 makes provision to enable chief officers of police to process applications for a firearm certificate or a shotgun certificate which are made using the old forms that are to be replaced. This can be done provided that the application concerned is submitted on or before 1 January 2014.