Home Menu Search

Updated Firearms Guidance

The BMA met recently with both the Home Office and the Countryside Alliance and progress is being made with all interested parties working towards achieving a unified national system for licensing that protects the public while keeping doctors safe. While this work is ongoing the BMA have updated their guidance for GPs in two areas, conscientious objection and flagging records. The full guidance can be seen here and the updated paragraphs are as follows:

In our view conscientious objectors are not required to arrange for alternative provision of such a report. Where access to a firearm is a professional requirement – such as for gamekeepers and farmers – we would nonetheless encourage doctors to assist applicants in identifying a suitable colleague willing to engage in the firearms certification process.

Many letters from firearms licensing officers to GPs request the doctor to place a flag in the patient record to identify the subject as the holder of a firearms license. While the BMA supports the principle of flagging in this way and reminds doctors of their duty of care to the public to raise concerns where they are apparent, we must also make doctors aware that due to the imprecise nature of flags, the lack of clear protocols for their appropriate removal and the absence of reliable software to facilitate the surveillance and cross-referencing of flags with diagnoses of concern, that we continue to have concerns about the flagging process and will continue to work with the Home Office to resolve this pressing question.

Related information

BMA continues to seek fair firearms licensing process

BMA, Firearms The BMA is continuing to work with the Home Office to improve licensing rules around firearms.

DAILY COVID-19 BRIEFING DDLMC - 13 April 2020

JOINT DDLMC/ GPA / GPTF / DCHS COVID RESPONSE TEAM The locally produced one stop shop EOL guidance has been further...

GPC COVID Update

covid, covid-19, social distancing, vulnerable patients, PPE, homeworking, Digital isolation note, Emergency...

Devolution and health

Devolution, health, BMA Created: 19 October 2015 Updated: 26 August 2016 As part of the UK government's devolution...

Derby and Derbyshire LMC Newsletter - August 2017

BMA ballot, Medical records, Guidance on Firearms Licensing, firearms, CQC, V, STP, Pharmacists, Primary and...

DDLMC News Bulletin - 07.08.2018

Recruitment Guide, inappropriate work, Non-Essential and Enhanced Services, Coroner, Inquest Advice, Police Access,...

Derby and Derbyshire LMC Newsletter - February 2017

CQC, Firearms, g Deaths to the Coroner, coroner, Atypical Population Guidance, National Audit Office Included in...

DAILY COVID-19 BRIEFING DDLMC 26.3.2020

KEY MESSAGES FOR TODAY JOINT DDLMC/ GPA / GPTF / DCHS COVID RESPONSE TEAM The team are working hard on a coherent...

Mythbusting PCNs

Please see the below from the British Medical Association (BMA) We are aware of concerns raised by individuals...

COVID-19 UPDATE BRIEFING DDLMC – 11.05.2020

**STOP PRESS** GP Approach to Risk Assessment for staff (inc BAME staff). In response to emerging evidence that...