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Medical history to be checked as rules for gun licences tightened


Still Waters
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Police will have to check someone’s medical history before issuing a gun licence in the wake of the mass shooting in Plymouth, the Government has confirmed.

From November 1, all firearms applications must be accompanied by a medical document signed by a registered, practising doctor, the Home Office said.

New statutory guidance published on Wednesday sets out how any relevant health records – particularly any information on mental health, neurological conditions and substance abuse – will have to be reviewed as part of the process.

It means police, for the first time, will be legally required to follow the guidance to help improve standards and consistency across forces in the UK.

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/medical-history-checked-rules-gun-150743302.html

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I hope it includes thinking very, VERY carefully about giving guns back to someone who's had them taken off him.

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3 hours ago, Still Waters said:

Police will have to check someone’s medical history before issuing a gun licence in the wake of the mass shooting in Plymouth, the Government has confirmed.

From November 1, all firearms applications must be accompanied by a medical document signed by a registered, practising doctor, the Home Office said.

New statutory guidance published on Wednesday sets out how any relevant health records – particularly any information on mental health, neurological conditions and substance abuse – will have to be reviewed as part of the process.

It means police, for the first time, will be legally required to follow the guidance to help improve standards and consistency across forces in the UK.

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/medical-history-checked-rules-gun-150743302.html

Good deal and about time :clap:

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3 hours ago, ouija ouija said:

I hope it includes thinking very, VERY carefully about giving guns back to someone who's had them taken off him.

Quite. Why did they give it back after they themselves were involved in his assault complaint? There is a  similar lack of 'thinking it through' with the requirement that undercover lone police officers should get phone verification that they are who they say they are if they arrest a female (in the wake of Sarah Everards murder)- that would only work if the potential attacker/abducter was not a police officer- the whole problem is, he was a police officer.

Perhaps the answer lies in training, though why a police officer needs training to know it is not acceptable to assault or murder a member of the public escapes me.

 

 

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4 hours ago, ouija ouija said:

I hope it includes thinking very, VERY carefully about giving guns back to someone who's had them taken off him.

what does it take for guns to be removed? an anonymous complaint? 

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