PCC criticises Prime Minister for shooting down rise in gun licensing fees
Last week it was revealed that Prime Minister David Cameron has vetoed a proposal to raise the fee for gun licences from £50 to £88. Administering and issuing each licence costs an average of £196. As such, the current fee reportedly costs police forces £17m to subsidise.
Commenting on the issue the Durham Police and Crime Commissioner, Ron Hogg, said:
“Police forces across the country have faced cuts that are too deep and too fast. While we are taking the tough decisions about how to allocate our increasingly limited budget, it defies logic that the police are still forced to subsidise gun licences. And Monday’s events in Wingate are a chilling reminder of the potential dangers of firearms.
I am dismayed that even a proposal that would still keep the police footing over 50% of the bill has been blocked by the Prime Minister’s office. It is just common sense to have a licence system in place that recoups the costs of administration.”
I understand that many gun owners in County Durham and Darlington need their firearms as tools. However, £196 for a five year licence would still be a modest fee, and would lift the burden on our already strained police service.”
And, Bobby Turnbull, who has been campaigning for tougher gun controls after his family suffered tragedy in the Horden Shootings in 2012, said:
“I’m appalled to hear that the proposal to increase the fee for gun licences has been blocked. I have been promised by two different Ministers that we would be moving to full cost recovery sooner rather than later. This decision makes me more determined to continue campaigning for increased licence fees”
Posted on Thursday 21st August 2014