Firearms licence holders to be reviewed

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CLEVELAND Police has launched a review of all firearms licence holders in Cleveland.

There are currently a total of just less than 4,000 firearms licenses held in Cleveland and the force now wants to ensure they all have been issued in accordance with current legislation and guidance.

The review is expected to take a number of months.

Inspector Mick Robson said: “Our aim is to reassure the people of Cleveland that we take our responsibilities in terms of protecting the public danger extremely seriously.

“We are conducting the review to ensure that each and every individual that currently holds a firearms license is suitable to do so.

“In light of recent incidents around the country, we also need to ensure that our processes are robust and fit for purpose.”

Currently the firearms licencing process involves a medical check of the applicant, a home security check and taking up references.

A licence holder must apply to renew their licence every five years and a further home security visit must take place before a decision is made on whether or not the renewal application has been successful.

In addition, when an incident occurs involving a licence holder, an assessment of their suitability to remain a licence holder is carried out.