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GPC to seek change to firearms licensing procedure following GP outrage


Dear All, Yes its a dogs dinner but lets keep one fact clear, the GPC did not "agree" to the new arrangements. They were implemented unilaterally. We advised them and expressed concerns and my committee made it very clear to them that GPs would not like their proposals. They then went away and came back with a slightly different process but still not what we advised. If you read the Home Office Guidance it says a fee is not expected. The use of this word is quite specific, we told them that GPs were entitled to a fee, they accepted this, the very powerful shooting lobby told them they would simply refuse to pay, so they came up with "no expectation" of a fee. So yes its a dogs dinner but not because GPC agreed to it. I would accept that our response so far has not been great and rather chaotic and for that i apologise; as a GPC member, as one of the team who worked with the HO and as holder of firearms and shotgun certificates. Regards Paul C

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19 Nov 2016

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