As you may be aware, the current coronavirus situation is and will continue to have a major impact on policing including firearms licensing units across the country. The situation is being continually assessed and discussions are ongoing at regional and national levels in relation to firearms licensing.
We have a duty of care to our staff, service users and the general public. With that in mind, considering current government guidance in relation to social distancing and in order to maintain resilience, enquiry officers have ceased routinely visiting certificate holders for renewal applications until further notice. As a result, we are unable to process grant applications.
Our main priority at this time is to focus on public safety and to ensure certificate holders remain in legal possession.
As we move forward, with the potential reduction in staff, we may find ourselves in a position where we must focus on critical tasks and remove the non-essential. This may result in being unable to process variations for instance; thus for the foreseeable:
Applicants to delay sending in grant applications
Renewal applications to be made online (avoiding paper applications if possible) and to be made as soon as possible. Renewal reminder letters are currently being sent out five months prior to expiry
Any necessary contact to the unit, to be made using the online contact form
We will aim to provide regular updates with regard to developments over the next few months.
Any Assistance in Communication of this message to the shooting community is greatly appreciated.
GMP appreciates your understanding and support and wish you all well in these challenging circumstances.