West Country MP forgets to renew gun licence & blames police

An MP who forgot to renew his gun licence is furious that he will miss the winter hunting season - and has blamed police for it.

Conservative MP for Bridgwater and West Somerset Ian Liddell-Grainger, had his weapons confiscated after failing to renew his licence even though he was sent a reminder.

The MP will have to wait until March for his existing certificate to be renewed, meaning he will miss out on the winter shooting season. He blames 'utter incompetence' at Avon and Somerset Police.

When I mentioned the fact that I was a MP it was suggested that if the Government gave the force some more money they might be able to get these things done more quickly.

Ian Liddell-Grainger MP
Ian Liddell-Grainger surrendered his rifles and shotguns this week. Credit: ITV News

Speaking to ITV News, the MP who shoots in the local area, is now looking into why it takes 4 months to renew a licence.

People are very careful, we're responsible. We have to be. You do as you rightly said you must never underestimate, this is why when things happen and you get it wrong like I did you deal with it immediately.

Ian Liddell-Grainger MP

Mr Liddell-Grainger said the 16-week timeframe to renew a licence is unacceptable.

The Conservative MP previously attacked the same police force in June when he called for Chief Constable Andy Marsh to be suspended.