BASC is warning of ?unnecessary delays? to shotgun and firearms certificate applications after it discovered that many police forces in England and Wales have changed their payment processes.

Previously, licensing payments were made to the local police authority, but those bodies have been abolished following the recent elections around the country for Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs).

BASC is now urging certificate holders to check payment details for their local police firearms licensing department before applying or to expect delays as a consequence.

BASC firearms officer Matt Perring said: ?It is important that certificate holders and applicants check to whom they should be paying fees for the grant, renewal and variation of certificates for shotguns and firearms.

The rest of this article appears in the 5th December issue of Shooting Times.

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