A proposed increase in firearms licensing fees in Northern Ireland has caused much opposition from a variety of organisations.
The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU), Countryside Alliance Ireland (CAI) and the Gun Trade Guild NI (GTG NI) have opposed the increase, and have suggested that the proposals should not go ahead without a full review of the necessary costs involved in firearms licensing.
Department of Justice officials are set to make a presentation today (18 June) regarding the issue.
BASC NI director Tommy Mayne has said: ” The NI Assembly’s Justice Committee has previously rejected the proposal to increase fees on two separate occasions.”
“The proposals would see the cost of firearms certificate increase from the current £50 for a five year certificate to £121. However, until a full review of costs is produced, we have no idea if this is justified or necessary.”