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Firearms licensing

Antique Firearms Reminder – 11/08/2021

Did you know that the law on antique firearms has changed?  Some firearms that could previously be possessed without a firearm certificate as an antique are now subject to licensing.  Owners of such firearms have until 22 September 2021 to apply to the police for a firearms certificate if they wish to keep them. Alternatively, they can surrender, sell or otherwise dispose of their firearm before 22 September 2021.

Further information about the antique firearms affected by the Antique Firearms Regulations 2021, and the options for owners, can be found here.

National Data Breach on Guntrader UK - 23/07/21

Cumbria Constabulary has been made aware of a national data breach on the GunTrader UK website which released personal data including names, telephone numbers, home and email addresses online.  Please go to the News section for further information.

COVID-19 Update – Grant Applications – 16/04/2021

Due to the relaxing of the COVID-19 regulations, we will begin to process grant applications with effect 19/04/2021 – please go to the News Section for further information.

Changes to the Law on Antique Firearms – 12/03/2021

The law on antique firearms is changing. From 22 March 2021 some firearms previously regarded as antique, and therefore exempt from control, no longer qualify as such and must now be licensed. Owners of these firearms must act by 23:59 on 21 September 2021 to licence them or lawfully dispose of them. Please go to the News section for further information.

Applying for Firearms

Forms buttonClick here: to download firearm and shotgun application forms

Fees buttonClick here: for fees applicable to grants or renewals from 6th April 2015 

Help buttonClick here: for firearms information and guidance

News buttonClick here: for latest firearms news

Contact the Firearms Licensing department:

Email: Enquiries should be directed to

Telephone: 101 Option 4, Option 4 (08:30-16:00 Mon-Fri - Voicemail out of office hours)

Firearms Licensing Unit        
Police Headquarters         
Carleton Hall         
CA10 2AU

Hand delivery: There is a post box outside the door to the FLU office: Follow signs at Carleton Hall

Please note that we are not accepting visitors at this time due to the COVID pandemic.