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Firearms Licensing FAQs

Please look below at the categories relating to the most Frequently Asked Questions in Firearms Licensing

If you are unable to find an answer to your query please try searching the website, alternatively you can use Firearms Contacts.

  • Q:

    Do I need to notify of a change of address?

    A:

    If you are moving address you must inform the Firearms Licensing Unit, in writing without delay.

  • Q:

    Who pays for the GP report if one is requested with my application?

    A:

    The applicant pays for the report, not the police.

  • Q:

    Will I automatically be sent new application forms when my certificate expires?

    A:

    With effect from October 2013, renewal application forms are no longer being sent automatically to licence holders three months prior to expiry. You will still receive a reminder letter though.

  • Q:

    What do I do if I lose my certificate?

    A:

    Inform the relevant firearms team immediately and report it to a local police station. A fee of £4 is required for a new certificate.

  • Q:

    What is the difference between a Shotgun and a Firearm?

    A:

    A shotgun is a smooth bore gun (within certain size stipulations) and a Firearm is any other lethal barrelled weapon.

  • Q:

    Can I try shooting without holding a certificate?

    A:

    Only under certain circumstances. Some shotgun clubs, shooting grounds and Registered Firearms Dealers hold "open days" where non-certificate holders can fire club shotguns to test their interest in the sport. The club or dealer must have a Section 11(6) permit, issued by the police.

  • Q:

    Is a certificate needed for an air weapon?

    A:

    No, as long as the air weapon does not have a self-contained gas cartridge system and it does not cross into other categories of weapon.

  • Q:

    What is a restricted shotgun?

    A:

    These are pump-action and semi-automatic shotguns where the magazines are capable of holding more than two cartridges from the hands of shotgun certificate holders.

  • Q:

    What is proofing?

    A:

    Proof is the process of testing the safety of a gun barrel.

  • Q:

    How do I register for Game Fairs?

    A:

    You should apply for registration with the Chief Officer of Police for the relevant area of the Game Fair.