The membership insurance package offered by BASC will include £100,000 of legal expenses cover for appeals against firearms licensing decisions, starting from 1 March 2014.
Individuals have raised concerns that some firearms licensing departments seem reluctant to carry out proper risk management processes to reach decisions in certain cases, allowing the courts to instead take responsibility. BASC has developed its new legal expenses policy to enable members to challenge potential injustice without having to worry about personally incurring large legal costs.
Created with AIM Risk Services, BASC’s new policy will offer protection from legal costs for valid appeals following licensing decisions such as:
- Refusal to grant or renew a shotgun or firearms certificate
- Revocation of a shotgun certificate
David Ilsley, BASC’s head of marketing and membership services, said: “BASC is constantly working to improve and expand the benefits that we can provide to members. Adding legal expenses cover to our existing insurance package means we believe we have developed the best possible membership package and are offering the best possible advantages to BASC members.”