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1. What policies, provisions, legislation and procedures are used by your force for guidance and adherence when deciding to approve an application for any form of Firearms License, including where minors will gain access to Firearms?

2. When deciding to approve an application for any form of Firearms License, is there a legislative, procedural or policy requirement that the applicant's employment must require use of a Firearm in order to obtain a license or are licenses available to all meeting the stipulations of Firearms legislation regardless of the purpose to which they would put a Firearm, e.g. sport shooting?

3. When persons are convicted of crimes of violence such as assault or unlawful killing of wildlife or any animal, what cross-checks/policies, provisions, legislation and procedures does your force have in place for guidance and adherence when deciding to withdraw any form of Firearms License issued to said person(s)?

S Rhosier

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Freedom of Information, Cleveland Police

Enquiry ref: 11617-20

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Freedom of Information, Cleveland Police

Dear Mr/Ms Rhosier,

Enquiry Ref: 11617/2020

I write in connection with your request for information dated 12th January 2020 and received by this office on 13th January 2020. We have made enquiries with the Firearms Licensing Unit and below are the questions raised in your request and all of the information we have been provided with or been able to locate.

1. What policies, provisions, legislation and procedures are used by your force for guidance and adherence when deciding to approve an application for any form of Firearms License, including where minors will gain access to Firearms?
a) Cleveland Police follow national guidelines as laid out in the Home Office Guide on Firearms Licensing Law, the HMIC report Targeting the Risk, the College of Policing Authorised Professional Practice and Firearms Licensing legislation.

2. When deciding to approve an application for any form of Firearms License, is there a legislative, procedural or policy requirement that the applicant's employment must require use of a Firearm in order to obtain a license or are licenses available to all meeting the stipulations of Firearms legislation regardless of the purpose to which they would put a Firearm, e.g. sport shooting?
a) Every application is processed on a case by case basis that good reason needs to be proven and this may include which by the very nature of the employment i.e. vets, slaughterhouses, huntsman etc. taking into account guidelines set out in Home Office Guide on Firearms Licensing Law.
Section 1.7 - What is a good reason to own a firearm states
Applicants should be able to demonstrate to the licensing authority that they require their firearm on a regular, legitimate basis for work, sport or leisure (including collections or research). Chief Officers are able to exercise discretion over what constitutes a good reason, judging each case on its own merits.
See Chapter 13 for further details.
The whole of this document is available via an internet search for “home office guide to firearms licensing law”

3. When persons are convicted of crimes of violence such as assault or unlawful killing of wildlife or any animal, what cross-checks/policies, provisions, legislation and procedures does your force have in place for guidance and adherence when deciding to withdraw any form of Firearms License issued to said person(s)?
a) Cleveland Police follow national guidelines as laid out in the Home Office Guide on Firearms Licensing Law, the HMIC report Targeting the Risk, the College of Policing Authorised Professional Practice and Firearms Licensing legislation.

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Yours sincerely,

Ms E McGuigan
Freedom of Information Decision Maker
Directorate of Standards and Ethics
Cleveland Community Safety Hub | 1 Cliffland Way | Hemlington | TS8 9GL
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