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Firearms licensing

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.

Firearms Security Handbook 2020 – 11/03/2021

For anyone who possesses firearms or shotguns or is considering applying for a certificate, the above new handbook on security is a vital guide to firearm security in general. It provides guidance on cabinet construction, gun rooms and other security matters for certificate holders, registered firearms dealers and other professionals involved with firearms. Please go to the News section for further information.

Offensive Weapons Act 2019 – Compensation Scheme – 10/03/2021

The above compensation scheme ended on 09/03/2021. Any person who holds a firearm, described either as a lever release or MARS rifle, liable for compensation under the scheme would now be considered to be in illegal possession of a Section 5 firearm under the Firearms Act (As Amended) 1968 S5 (1) (ag) which prohibits the possession of such weapons. Please go to the News section for further information.

National Lockdown: Stay at Home – 05/01/2021

Please do not contact the Firearms Licensing Unit to enquire as to whether you can go shooting. We cannot advise or provide permission on this matter.

Please follow the government guidance which can be found by clicking here.

COVID-19 Update – 31/12/2020

Due to Cumbria being placed under Tier 4 restrictions and the presence of the highly infectious strain of Coronavirus, we have been advised to stop conducting home visits in order to protect our staff and the public – 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.