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Durham PCC backs Gun Control Network's proposal to recover gun licence fees

Durham PCC backs Gun Control Network’s proposal to recover gun licence fees

Durham Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg has given his full support to the Gun Control Network’s (GCN) proposal, in a bid to save the taxpayer from having to foot the bill and pay for the processing of firearms licensing.

Since 2001 it costs only £50 to apply for a gun licence, however it costs the police £200 to process an application for a gun licence.

However the GCN’s proposal to the Government, which would have seen a full cost recovery for licence application fees, has been blocked by a new Cabinet sub-committee called the Reducing Regulation Committee.

Mr Hogg said: “I give the Gun Control Network my full support in this matter as the high costs for processing gun license applications is not in the public interest. The gap between income received and administration costs is approximately £300,000 which could be better spent on front-line services”.

The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) suggest that in the future that although the full costs may not be recovered, the cost of the initial licence fee should be increased.

Mr Hogg continued: “Work is already underway within Durham Constabulary to increase saving efficiencies and I will be closely monitoring these national developments”.

Posted on Friday 13th September 2013
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