OFFICIAL NFEL (Scotland) – Coronavirus response
The current unprecedented circumstances in respect of the Coronavirus
has impacted on the ability of Police Scotland to deliver a number of business as usual functions. Our
focus has been on having as many officers as possible available to front line operational policing and
support our colleagues in the NHS.
On Monday 23th March, National Firearms and Explosives Licensing
(Scotland) advised that interim processes required to be put in place in respect of a number of our
services. Our position is now that we have reviewed our ability and capacity regarding the service we
can deliver and will implement the following changes in the timescales indicated:
We will accept and process variation applications with immediate effect. Please send the
necessary form and fee to your local processing centre.
New Grant Applications
From Monday 1st June we will accept grant applications which we will
process to the best of our ability. Please be aware however that there are various stages in the grant
process including the following:
• Completion of a GP response form completed by your doctor
• A visit to your home to assess your security arrangements
Please note that a grant application cannot be assessed or supported
without both elements being completed.
With regard to the information required from your GP, on receipt of
your application form you will be sent a letter which you are required to have completed by your GP.
We would ask that you send this by post to your GP practice rather than personal attendance. Your GP
may wish a face to face consultation prior to completing the form however this is at individual
At this time, GP’s may not consider completion of this form a priority and you should be prepared to
accept and understand this.
Visits to your home will only be undertaken by prior arrangement with
the attending officer after a risk assessment has been completed. You will be asked a series of
questions including if you and any family members who reside at your address are in good health or
suffering from any symptoms of Coronavirus. You will also be asked if your family members could
isolate themselves in another area of your house whilst the visit takes place to facilitate physical
distancing. Officers will endeavour to spend the minimum time necessary in your home.
If you are not willing or able to allow access to your home, please
do not apply until you are in a position to facilitate this.
If you are content to adhere the guidelines outlined, send your
application form and fee to your local processing centre. Please be prepared to accept that we may not
be in a position to process your application within 16 weeks due to circumstances out-with our
Government advice is to avoid non-essential contact and travel and
Police Scotland will continue to adhere to this. As a result, home visits undertaken by Firearms
Enquiry Officers remain suspended meantime in respect of renewal applications.
If you are currently in the renewal process and have received and
completed your renewal pack, you will shortly be contacted by a member of staff. If you wish to
proceed with your renewal, this will be managed in the interim period remotely. You will be asked to
return your completed paperwork to a processing centre or police office and we will endeavour to renew
your certificate prior to expiry. If this cannot be achieved, legislative contingencies exist in the
form of temporary extensions and temporary permits which will allow you to continue to possess and use
your firearms. We will aim however to complete your renewal without the need to resort to this.
If your renewal is due between 1 August and 31 December 2020, you
will receive your renewal pack as normal in the coming weeks and months. Please refer to this page for
guidance and information as we will continue to review this dynamic situation and publish updates in
relation to any changes in our process.
Change of Address/Transfers In
If you are an existing firearms or shotgun certificate holder and you
require to notify us of a change of address, or are transferring into Scotland from a UK force, this
will be processed and you will be communicated with directly.
We are now in a position to accept Visitor Permit applications.
Please be aware however that travel restrictions currently remain in place throughout Scotland and is
limited to essential journeys only. If you are considering applying, please refer to the Scottish
Government website and guidance in respect of travel arrangements and social distancing before you
apply. Please consider your application carefully. Where Visitor Permits have already been granted and
you are unable to visit Scotland, you will not be disadvantaged and we will seek to allocate a future
date or a refund if this is more preferable to you.
Please contact NFEL by email/telephone with any queries you may have.
Our phone lines will only be open to receive calls between 0900hrs and 1200hrs daily.
We would be obliged if you could refrain from personal attendance at
police offices meantime.