Fee rises “must be fair”

In a further response to the Association of Chief Police Officers’ calls for a licence fee increase, BASC’s chief executive has said any fees must be “fair and matched by improved efficiency and consistent service delivery”. With police forces recommending that application fees more than double over the next two years, BASC said licensing processes differs wildly from force to force, and that the service needed to be consistent as well as effective. Chief executive Richard Ali said: “We have one of the toughest systems in the world if it is applied correctly. Responsible firearms owners have a vested interest in ensuring that that happens. People who shoot will pay a fair price for a fair service.” This comes as Warwickshire and West Mercia forces announced changes to their licensing process, which will see the introduction of telephone interviews with licence applicants and an improved force website.

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