Granting children firearms licenses

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-09-16
Session date: 
September 16, 2015
Reference: 
2015/2508
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

In the last five years the MPS has given 125 firearms licenses to children aged between 10-17. What costs were incurred by the MPS in granting these licenses? Do you think that arming children is an appropriate use of resources?

Answer

Answer for Granting children firearms licenses

Answer for Granting children firearms licenses

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The rules the age at which young persons may be licenced are set out in the link below. The MPS enforce this law. http://content.met.police.uk/Site/firearmslicensingagerestrictions

The cost of licensing someone under 17 is the same as for any other grant or renewal application.  The actual cost of processing will vary in each case dependent on the officer's time to carry out checks and authorise the application.

The Firearms Enquiry Team within the MPS have a duty to deal with all firearms applications in line with legislation which allows for the application of certificates from those under the age of 18.  Each application is carefully scrutinised and risk assessed. All certificates granted, regardless of the age, relate entirely to legitimate shooting activities.