Shotgun and Firearm Licensing

In the United Kingdom, there are stringent legal requirements and rules concerning the possession, purchase, handling and disposal of firearms, shotguns and ammunition.

In order to use firearms, shotguns or ammunition you will be required to have the appropriate firearm or shotgun certificate issued by the Police. Your premises will also have to comply with the requirements of the Police and you will need to demonstrate a good reason for possessing a shotgun or firearm.

Owning a shotgun or firearm is a privilege not a right, and the Police will not hesitate to revoke the certificate of any persons who come to the attention of the police, or whose suitability to possess a firearm or shotgun is questioned. Ison Harrison have noted an increase in referrals by general practitioners based upon memory loss or other physical or mental deterioration. 

Firearms and shotguns are separately defined under legislation and there are more stringent rules governing the possession of firearms than the possession of shotguns. Due to the complexity of the law governing firearm licensing and the consequences of sanctions, it is important to seek specific and specialised legal advice as soon as possible.

If your certificate has been revoked or an application for a certificate refused, our specialist team of solicitors will be able to assist you with any query you may have. It is important to note that there is a strict 21 day deadline for appealing against any decision to revoke or refuse to grant a licence. It is vital therefore to obtain advice immediately.

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Do not hesitate to contact our Regulatory Law Department if you have any queries or would like to receive specific advice, Ian Anderson, the head of our Regulatory Law Department can be contacted directly on 0113 284 5062.

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