https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/firearms-law-guidance-to-the-police-2012 Seem to be some new bits in there, especially the parts relating to "Domestic Violence" which is getting some press splash Families to be interviewed The guidance states: When police officers receive information about an applicant having a history of domestic violence, they should consider interviewing their family, friends and associates. Speaking to the applicants partner who might be a victim of abuse may be judged to be essential. The information the partner gives must be treated confidentially and police would need to take steps to make sure they are safe from possible reprisals. The partner would not have to approve an application for a firearms certificate that responsibility would still lie with the police, who would also consult their own forces domestic violence unit. The guidance also says police would not have to rely on a criminal conviction for domestic violence when considering applications. They would be able to consider police intelligence about an incident, looking at how recent it was and whether it was isolated behaviour or part of a pattern.