How long will my firearm or shotgun certificate last?

Whether your certificate relates to a firearm or a shotgun, it will usually last for a period of 5 years commencing from the date that the certificate was issued.

Can a past conviction have any affect on my certificate?

  • The Chief Officer of Police must be satisfied that you do not pose a danger to public safety or to the peace. Your certificate could be revoked if the Chief Officer of Police has reason to believe that you pose a danger to public safety or to the peace.
  • If you have served a prison sentence exceeding 3 months you will face a ban from holding a certificate for a period of 5 years beginning from the date of your release.
  • If you have served a prison sentence exceeding 3 years you will face a ban from owning a certificate for life.
  • It is also possible that drink or drug offences will also be taken into account when considering intemperate habits.
  • Particular attention will be paid to incidents of domestic violence, dishonesty offences and any offence involving a firearm.

Can a certificate be refused or revoked?

A firearm certificate may be refused by the Chief Officer of Police under UK legislation if he believes that you are:

  • A danger to public safety;
  • Of unsound mind;
  • Unfit to be entrusted with a firearm.

It is also possible for a certificate to be refused or revoked if the Chief Officer of Police believes that you have intemperate habits or no longer have a good reason for possessing a firearm.

Is it possible for another individual to transport my firearm?

An individual cannot transport your firearm unless they themselves hold a certificate for that specific firearm.

If my certificate has been revoked and the Police refuse to change their position is there anything I can do?

If you have had your certificate revoked you can lodge an appeal against the decision, this appeal must be filed with the Crown Court.

Any appeal must be made in accordance with section 44 of the Firearms Act 1968; this being a complex and specialised area of law.

If you are considering appealing a decision made by the Police, do not hesitate to contact our Regulatory Law Department on 0113 284 5062. The head of our Regulatory Law Department, Ian Anderson, will help to ensure that your appeal is presented in a clear and concise manner and will be able to represent you at your appeal.