Do you know when your firearms or shotgun certificate expires? If not, you may be at risk of prosecution.
North Wales Police Firearms Licensing Team are now writing to all certificate holders 16 weeks before the expiry of their entitlements to remind them to ensure the application is submitted in good time.
This measure also factors in the time it may take your local surgery to provide you with the medical information which is required as part of the applications.
Applications that are received eight weeks before expiry are automatically entitled to an eight-week extension to allow the application to be processed if extra time is required.
If a firearm or shotgun certificate expires before a renewed certificate has been issued, and the certificate holder has made an application for renewal less than eight weeks before the date when the original certificate was due to expire, a temporary section 7 permit may be considered but this will not be issued by default.
Each case will be judged on its merits, but where it is shown that applications have been received at short notice then applicants should arrange for transfer of their guns to either a dealer or another certificate holder before their certificate expires or you may be liable to prosecution.
Firearms Licensing Manager, Andy Broadhead, said: “Most applications the team process are submitted in good time, but unfortunately too many applicants are still leaving it until the last minute to submit their applications or submitting without all the required information.
“This creates unnecessary work for all concerned and I would urge all applicants to start the renewal process as soon as you receive a reminder, as the onus for making a timely application rests with the individual and they need to be made aware of the consequences if they do not abide by the statutory guidance.”