West Mercia Police

With reference to:
https://www.westmercia.police.uk/ar/appl...

and:
https://www.countryside-alliance.org/our...

and:
https://basc.org.uk/firearms-team-enquir...

and:
https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm...

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

Information Compliance, West Mercia Police

Dear Sir Or Madam
 
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REFERENCE NO: 13313
 
I write in connection with your request for West Mercia Police information
which was dated and received on 15th January 2020.
 
Your request will now be considered in accordance with the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (the Act). 
 
Please note that due to an unprecedented number of requests being received
for subject access and FOI, for the foreseeable future requests are now
being triaged and addressed in the following order; Subject Access
requests and then FOI requests.  Every effort will be made to meet our
statutory timescales for responses, subject to the information not being
exempt or containing a reference to a third party and we ask for your
understanding.
We will aim to provide the information within 20 working days as required
by the Freedom of Information Act.
 
There may be a fee payable for the retrieval, collation and provision of
the information you request.  If this is the case you will be informed and
the 20 working day timescale will be suspended until we receive payment
from you. If you chose not to make payment then your request will remain
unanswered.
 
Some requests may also require either full or partial transference to
another public authority in order to answer your query in the fullest
possible way. Again, you will be informed if this is the case.
 
Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please write
or telephone the Information Compliance Unit quoting the reference number
above.
 
 
Yours sincerely
 
 
Sue Cale
Information Compliance Administrator
Information Compliance Unit
 
DD 01905 331545 (Ext. 2545)
 
 
 

Information Compliance, West Mercia Police

Dear Sir or Madam

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REFERENCE NO: 13313

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
on 15^th January 2020. Please find below the response to your request:

 

 

With reference to:

https://www.westmercia.police.uk/ar/appl...

 

and:

https://www.countryside-alliance.org/our...

 

and:

https://basc.org.uk/firearms-team-enquir...

 

and:

https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm...

 

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)?

 

Reply:-

The Home Office guide on Firearms Licensing Law 2016 is followed. Please
see below link:

[1]https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...

 

Every effort has been made to ensure that the information provided is as
accurate as possible.

Please accept my apologies for the delay in responding.

Your attention is drawn to the below which details your right of
complaint.

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please write
or telephone the Information Compliance Unit quoting the reference number
above.

Yours sincerely

 

Mrs S Biddle

Information Compliance Unit
West Mercia Police

PO Box 55

Hindlip

Worcester

WR3 8SP

01905 331545 / 331565

 

 

West Mercia Police in complying with their statutory duty under sections 1
and 11 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to release the enclosed
information will not breach the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.
However, the rights of the copyright owner of the enclosed information
will continue to be protected by law. Applications for the copyright
owner’s written permission to reproduce any part of the attached
information should be addressed to The Force Solicitor, West Mercia Police
Headquarters, PO Box 55, Hindlip, Worcester, WR3 8SP.

COMPLAINT RIGHTS

Are you unhappy with how your request has been handled or do you think the
decision is incorrect?

You have the right to require West Mercia Police (WMP) to review their
decision.

Prior to lodging a formal complaint you are welcome and encouraged to
discuss the decision with the person that dealt with your request.

Ask to have the decision looked at again -

The quickest and easiest way to have the decision looked at again is to
contact the person named at the end of your decision letter.

That person will be able to discuss the decision, explain any issues and
assist with any problems.

Complaint

If you are dissatisfied with the handling procedures or the decision of
WMP made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) regarding
access to information, you can lodge a complaint with WMP to have the
decision reviewed. WMP must be notified of your intention to complain
within 20 working days of the date of its response to your Freedom of
Information request. Complaints should be made in writing and addressed
to:

West Mercia Police Headquarters

Information Compliance Unit

Hindlip Hall

Hindlip

PO Box 55

Worcester

WR3 8SP

or

Email:  [West Mercia Police request email]

In all possible circumstances, WMP will aim to respond to your complaint
within 20 working days.

The Information Commissioner

After lodging a complaint with WMP if you are still dissatisfied with the
decision you may make application to the Information Commissioner for a
decision on whether the request for information has been dealt with in
accordance with the requirements of the Act.

For information on how to make application to the Information Commissioner
please visit their website at https://ico.org.uk/ Alternatively phone or
write to:

Information Commissioner’s Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

Phone: 0303 123 1113 (local rate) or 01625 545745 if you prefer to use a
national rate number

Fax:    01625 524 510

 

 

 

References

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