Firearms Licensing Manager Update - Grant Applications
1, When will you start accepting grant applications?
In line with the Government road map we intend to open up the grant process on 21st June 2021. However, this date is not set in stone as we need to monitor the transmission rates and any new variants that may have an impact on the road map timeline.
2, I submitted a grant application prior to the last lockdown and am waiting for a home visit. When will I receive an update?
The firearms licensing department will prioritise these applications prior to 21st June 2021. If the Government road map continues as it is hoped then my team will contact you from 1st June 2021 onwards to arrange a home visit.
3, How can I apply for a grant application?
When the online portal opens, you can apply for your grant application online via the Thames Valley Police website.
Please note: Once you have completed your online application you will receive the following confirmation. Please ensure that you follow the instructions to email your GP pro forma, certificates and any associated documents [click on the firearms team and it will provide you with the correct email address]. You do not need to send these documents to any other email address:
4, Can I submit a grant application, prior to 21st June, if I hold a valid shot gun and/or firearm certificate?
Yes. Applications will need to be made via paper as the online portal is closed. Please make it clear on your application form that you are a current certificate holder.
5, How long is a GP report valid for?
GP reports are only valid for 6 months. We would advise you to not obtain a GP report until we have confirmed the date that we are accepting grant applications.
6, I’m a current certificate holder. Can my son/daughter/wife apply for the grant of a certificate as you don’t have to check the security?
No. The home visit for a grant application isn’t just about checking the security, it’s also about checking the person’s suitability. Home Office Guidance is clear on this – a first time grant application must have a visit.
7, I have joined a shooting club. Can I apply for a grant if I am storing my guns at the club?
No. The home visit for a grant application isn’t just about checking the security, it’s also about checking the person’s suitability. Home Office Guidance is clear on this – a first time grant application must have a visit
8, I need my grant application progressed as it is for livelihood. Can I submit an application?
Please contact my team via FirearmsLicensing@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk who will make further enquiries as to your livelihood requirement.