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37 Applications for certificates and referees.E+W+S

For section 26 of the 1968 Act there shall be substituted the following sections—

26A Applications for firearm certificates.

(1)An application for the grant of a firearm certificate shall be made in the prescribed form to the chief officer of police for the area in which the applicant resides and shall state such particulars as may be required by the form.

(2)Rules made by the Secretary of State under section 53 of this Act may require any application for a firearm certificate to be accompanied by up to four photographs of the applicant and by the names and addresses of two persons who have agreed to act as referees.

(3)The rules may require that, before considering an application for a firearm certificate, the chief officer of police has the following from each referee nominated by the applicant—

(a)verification in the prescribed manner of—

(i)any prescribed particulars; and

(ii)the likeness to the applicant of the photographs submitted with the application;

(b)a statement in the prescribed form to the effect that he knows of no reason why the applicant should not be permitted to possess a firearm; and

(c)such other statements or information in connection with the application or the applicant as may be prescribed.

26B Applications for shot gun certificates.

(1)An application for the grant of a shot gun certificate shall be made in the prescribed form to the chief officer of police for the area in which the applicant resides and shall state such particulars as may be required by the form.

(2)Rules made by the Secretary of State under section 53 of this Act may—

(a)require any application for a certificate to be accompanied by up to four photographs of the applicant;

(b)require the verification in the prescribed manner of any prescribed particulars and of the likeness of those photographs to the applicant;

(c)require any application for a certificate to be accompanied by a statement by the person verifying the matters mentioned in paragraph (b) above to the effect that he knows of no reason why the applicant should not be permitted to possess a shot gun.

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