What needs to be checked in a firearms medical?

April 16 2021   |   News

An increasing number of police forces are now insisting on a medical to support an application for or renewal of a shotgun or firearms certificate – with this requirement, at present, dependant on where you live.

There are understandably strict rules regarding the possession of shotguns and other firearms in the UK, including the need to obtain the relevant certificate. These must be approved by your local police force who are keen to ensure all the safeguards are in place for the safe handling and storage of firearms.

How things are changing

Many police forces have already adopted the policy of a mandatory medical and the number is growing. We anticipate that it is now only a matter of time before every police force in the UK follows suit.

Our team at FirearmsMedicals are providing a quick (depending on how responsive your GP surgery is!), reliable, service for anyone making a first application for a firearms or shotgun certificate or seeking a renewal – a service which is not automatically available through the NHS and one which your own GP may not provide for a number of reasons including contractual obligations, time constraints or moral objections to firearms.

What conditions are covered during the medical?

In order for us to complete your medical report you will need to complete our online referral portal and consent form, this allows us to obtain your medical records from your NHS GP surgery. Your GP surgery should make these available to us within 30 days.

One of our GPs will then review your medical records to establish if you have or previously have had medical conditions including:

  • Anxiety or depression
  • Thoughts of self-harm or suicidal tendencies
  • Alcohol or drug abuse
  • Acute stress reaction or acute reaction to stress brought about by trauma
  • Personality disorders
  • Dementia
  • Bipolar disorder, mania or a psychotic disorder
  • Neurological conditions including Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s, MS and epilepsy
  • Any other physical or mental condition which may risk the safe possession of a firearm or shotgun

What happens next?

On completion of the medical assessment, carried out in line with police and Home Office guidelines, the report is either forwarded directly to the police firearms officer or directly to you – depending on your local force policy.

FirearmsMedicals provides a factual report and will not make recommendations. If the report highlights any of the conditions covered by the medical, your local police firearms officer will contact you for an interview before deciding whether or not the police will grant the licence.

Our aim is to provide a reliable, stress-free service with the goal of completing our part of the medical process within a maximum of 2-3 working days. Any additional time our team spend on your case is usually due to GP surgeries delaying sending your medical records, but we will always chase up any correspondence to ensure you are not left waiting.

For more information and to apply for your medical, visit https://firearmsmedicals.co.uk/apply.