A shotgun is defined as a smooth-bore gun (not being an airgun) which:
a) Has a barrel not less than 60.96 centimetres (24 inches) in length with a bore less than 5.08 centimetres (2 inches) in diameter.
b) Either has no magazine or has a fixed magazine not holding more than two cartridges and
c) Is not a revolver gun.
Shot guns not within this definition require a firearms certificate.
Section 2 Shotguns Good reason for possession of firearms – grant or renewal
Section 28 (1) of the Firearms Act 1968 (as amended) provides that a shotgun certificate shall be granted or renewed by a chief officer of police unless he has reason to believe that the applicant is either, prohibited by this Act from possessing a shotgun or that the applicant cannot be permitted to possess a shotgun without danger to public safety or to the peace.
Before you apply, please make sure you read the applicant information.
Application for SECTION 11(6) Exemption – Clay Pigeon Shoot/Event (MS Word - 20kb) (Opens in new window)
Application for SECTION 11(6) Exemption – Clay Pigeon Shoot/Event.
Application checklist - updated December 2013
Guidance notes for completing an application for a Shotgun Grant/Renewal certificate (revised 1st December 2013)
Use this form to apply for a grant or renewal of a shot gun certificate. This form is effective from 1st December 2013 and replaces Form 103). Form 103 will no longer be accepted as of 1st January 2014. For accompanying notes refer to Form 201A and for variations Form 202.
Buying and Selling Shotguns
Use this form to notify us of an acquisition, transferral or disposal of a firearm or shotgun the procedure of which is comprehensively explained in our Buying and Selling Shotguns Guide.