HC Deb 08 December 1986 vol 107 c79W
Mr. Dobson

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the policy of the Government towards the opening of further shops to sell guns and other weapons.

Mr. Douglas Hogg

The Firearms Act 1968 requires chief officers of police to keep a register of firearms dealers and to issue a certificate of registration to each dealer which is renewable annually. Under section 34(2) of the Act, a chief officer may refuse to register an applicant if he is satisfied that the applicant cannot be permitted to carry on business as a firearms dealer without danger to the public safety or to the peace. Other sections of the Act empower a chief officer to impose conditions, for example relating to security, subject to which registration is to have effect, and to remove a person's name from the register and require him to surrender his certificate of registration. There are no plans to amend the legislation.