Despite concerns over a police-led firearms licensing survey, shooters are still being urged to respond to it to ensure their voices are heard.

The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) is asking members and the wider shooting community to reply to the survey, coordinated by the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) on the back of the Plymouth shooting incident, despite describing it as a ‘red-herring’.
Questions within the survey, which covers England Wales, relate to full cost recovery, police vetting, medical involvement in firearms licensing and reporting concerns about certificate holders.
Bill Harriman, BASC’s director of firearms, said: “While the topics are important and deserve responses, BASC strongly believes the APCC should be focusing on fixing known issues within the licensing service rather than stalling to ask for public opinion. Certain questions within the survey are leading and the whole process is nothing more than a red herring.

“BASC will be writing directly to the APCC to propose solutions to several known issues within the licensing process to ensure the correct action is taken.”  
For more information on the survey and to read BASC’s position on the questions asked, click here.