The guidance, which was published in response to the Horden shootings campaign for tighter gun laws, states:
- When police receive information about an applicant having a history of domestic violence, they should consider interviewing their family, friends and associates
- Speaking to the applicant’s 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
- The partner would not have to approve an application for a firearms certificate
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