New firearms certificates will not be granted during the coronavirus pandemic, the PSNI has said.
Assistant Chief Constable Alan Todd yesterday announced a series of changes that the PSNI's Firearms & Explosives Branch is implementing "due to the unprecedented challenges presented by Covid-19".
"We will prioritise re-grant applications," said Mr Todd.
"All other applications, however, such as Initial Applications, Variations, including one-on-one-offs, will not be processed at this time."
The changes are effective immediately. "While these changes are necessary, members of the public can be assured we will continue to prioritise issues of personal protection to ensure we keep people safe," he said.
"It is also necessary to suspend our telephone services, including the Freephone Help Desk facility and our General Enquiries phone desk from today until further notice.
"If you have an urgent enquiry in regards to a re-grant application, please email email@example.com.
"The email facility will be monitored during normal business hours Monday to Friday, and our staff will endeavour to deal with your enquiry as soon as possible."