New firearms fees set

image-06Firearms licence fees will rise to £88 as expected, an order laid before Parliament today reveals.

This is what a Home Office working group had recommended last year; shooting organisations such as BASC had strongly supported the fee rise, opposing calls made by Labour politicians and anti-shooters to move to a ‘full cost recovery’ model, which could have seen a certificate cost anything up to £200.

Meanwhile, a shotgun licence is set to rise to £79.50, a renewal to £62 for firearms and £49 for shotguns, and coterminous licences to £90 (£65 on renewal).

BASC’s chief executive Richard Ali said: “The order is based on Treasury guidelines and the principles of better regulation.

“The proposal is proportionate and it’s important to remember that those who shoot come from all walks of life and that for many firearms are tools of their jobs and not a luxury.”

The new fees still need to be approved by Parliament, but are expected to pass, and come into effect on 6 April.

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