Met Police Lose £2.8m On Gun Licences
Tuesday 12th August 2014
The Met Police lost £2.8m issuing gun licences in 2013 and is being forced to subsidise licences for the public.
The police force made £200,000 from charging people applying for licences in 2013, but they spent £3 million processing them, leaving them £2.8m out of pocket.
Figures from the Liberal Democrats show that the £50 cost of applying for a five-year gun licence is falling far short of the money needed to process them, with estimates that the true cost is around £200 per licence.
These extra costs are coming from the background checks and other administrative tasks needed to approve a licence.
The issue was highlighted by a coalition battle, sparked when David Cameron blocked plans by the Liberal Democrat Home Office minister, Norman Baker, to raise the cost of licences. The last increase was made 13 years ago.
There are currently around 600,000 private gun licences in Britain.