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Shotgun Certificate Applications

To apply for a firearms and/or shotgun licence you must complete the following form:

Form 201 - Application for the grant or renewal of a firearm and/or shotgun certificate [1Mb]

Additionally you will need to cover the costs and provide the additional information found here:

Application Checklist [147kb]

Click here to use our Step-by-Step Firearms License Guide


If you require more information on the application process consult the Firearms Applicant Information Section for further detail.

A shotgun is defined as a smooth-bore gun (not an air gun) 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.

c)  Is not a revolver gun.

Shotguns outside 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 they have 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.

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