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Clay Pigeon Shooting

Anyone wishing to hold a clay pigeon shoot where non-shotgun license holders will be firing at targets needs to apply for an exemption under Section 11(6) of the Firearms Act 1968.

The initial application for the exemption should be made at least 4 weeks before the first such event is to take place.

Please read Section 11(6) of the Firearms Act 1968 for the full details of when the law says an exemption is required. Clay Pigeon Icon

In addition:

  • There should be a zone extending to 275 metres from the shooting point in the direction of fire.
  • You should be aware of the potential for noise pollution.
  • You may wish to consider conducting a risk assessment for the activity.
  • Shot, broken or whole clay targets should not land on any areas where the public has access, or where permission from the owner of the land has not been granted.
  • No person who appears to be under the influence of drink or drugs should be allowed possession of a gun.
  • All guns should only be loaded when on the firing point.
  • Health and Safety regulations require that appropriate safety equipment must be made available to all parties requiring it.
  • The organiser must be in a position to accept responsibility for safety at the event and should do so.
  • The organiser of such an event has a liability in law and is advised to have an appropriate form of insurance to cover any accidents, third party liability, employers' liability etc.
  • The period of validity for the exemption may vary dependant on individual/club circumstances and specific requirements should be discussed in detail with the Firearms Licensing Unit.

How to Apply
Please download, print and complete the Section 11(6) Exemption application form [61KB] and send it to the Firearms Licensing Unit. You can find our details on the Firearms Contacts page.