Opposition to NI Firearms Licensing fees increase

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Opposition to a proposed increase in firearms licensing fees in Northern Ireland has been reiterated by the leading shooting and countryside organisations.

The organisations - The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU), Countryside Alliance Ireland (CAI) and the Gun Trade Guild NI (GTG NI) - said no increase should be introduced without a full, transparent review of the necessary processes and costs involved in firearms licensing.

BASC NI director Tommy Mayne said: “The proposals would see the cost of a firearms certificate increase from the current £50 for a five year certificate to £121. However, until a full review of costs and processes is produced by the department, we have no idea if this is justified or necessary.”