COVID-19 Update – 30/07/2020
We will begin processing grant applications with effect 03/08/2020. Please note that this process will entail a home visit by one of our enquiry officers.
For the foreseeable future, other enquiries such as renewal applications will be conducted by video calling wherever possible. In the event that a physical visit is required, as much of the conversation as possible between you and the enquiry officer will take place either outdoors or in a suitably large, well-ventilated indoor space eg a barn. The enquiry officer will only enter your home to check guns and security and will wear personal protective equipment.
Before any potential visit, as usual you will be contacted by the enquiry officer; however, you will now be asked questions regarding your health and that of other people in the house. If anyone in the house has symptoms of a COVID-19 infection or are isolating, the visit will not take place. You will be contacted again once everyone in the house has completed isolation to rearrange the appointment.
Deactivated Firearms - 17/12/2019
Legislation is changing to introduce a requirement to notify the Home Office of the transfer of deactivated firearms with effect 12/12/2019. After this date, it will be an offence to transfer a deactivated firearm without notification.
If you have taken possession of a deactivated firearm on or since 14 September 2018, you will also be required to inform the Home Office. If you took possession before that date, you will not be required to inform the Home Office until 14 March 2021. Please see links below for forms and other information;
Notification of transfers of a deactivated firearm to the appropriate national authority
Notification of possession of a deactivated firearm to the appropriate national authority
View the Home Office circular 010/2019
Firearms Security - 17/12/2019
With effect 12/12/2019, where a certificate holder is under 18, arrangements must be in place so that either the holder’s parent or guardian, or a person aged 18 years or over, with the correct certificate/authorisations, assumes responsibility for the secure storage of firearms/ammunition and shotguns. Please see the link to the legislation below;
Registered Firearms Dealers – Registers - 17/12/2019
An amendment has been made to the Firearms Rules requiring a change in the information to be recorded in registers regarding guns held by a Registered Firearms Dealer. Please see the requirements on the link to the legislation below;
Firearms and Travelling to the Republic of Ireland following a No-Deal Brexit - 15/10/2019
In the event that the United Kingdom leaves the European Union on 31st October without a ratified withdrawal agreement, there will be some implications in relation to the Republic of Ireland and licenced firearms. Further information and links to application forms are available on the website of the Republic of Ireland Department of Justice and Equality here.
General Licences for Wild Birds - 12/09/2019
The Department for Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has recently launched a user survey aimed at gathering views and evidence from people affected by the use of general licences for control of certain species of wild birds, in specific circumstances.
Further information on the use of general licences can be found here.
The survey can be found here.
Offensive Weapons Act 2019 - 20/05/2019
We have been notified by the Home Office that the above act was passed on 16 May 2019 and is applicable to firearms with actions know as "Manually-Actuated Release System (MARS)" and "Lever Release".
The prohibitions, with effect 16 May 2019, prohibit the manufacture, sale, transfer or acquisition of such weapons. The prohibition on possession will come into force at a later date, following the completion of the surrender and compensation arrangements (see below).
The 2019 act adds two new subsections to section 5 of the Firearms Act 1968. For certain rapid-firing rifles there is a new subesction 5(1)(ag) which prohibits:
- Any rifle with a chamber from which empty cartridge cases are extracted using -
- Energy from a propellant gas, or
- Energy imparted to a spring or other energy storage device by propellant gas,
- Other than a rifle which is chambered for .22 rim-fire cartridges
For "Bump Stocks" there is a new subsection 5(1)(ba) which prohibits:
- Any device (commonly known as a bump stock) which is designed or adapted so that -
- It is capable of forming part of or being added to a self-loading lethal barrelled weapon (as defined in section 57(1b) and (2a)
- If it forms part of or is added to such weapon, it increases the rate of fire of the weapon by using the recoil from the weapon to generate repeated pressure on the trigger
Compensation and Surrender Arrangements
Section 56 to 59 of the 2019 Act sets out the surrender and compensation arrangements which must be followed before the prohibition on the possession of the above weapons can come into force. The arrangements are subject to secondary legislation before they can come into force.
Details on the arrangements for applying for compensation will be published in due course. These details will include who can apply for compensation, how they can apply, timescales for applications, what information owners need to supply to evidence ownership and surrender arrangements.
We will update our webpage accordingly when we have further information.
Licences for the Killing of Wild Birds - Update - 17/05/2019
As you may be aware, Natural England has now re-issued general licences for the killing of certain bird species for specific purposes. These include Carrion Crow to prevent serious damage to livestock, Wood Pigeon to prevent serious damage to crops and Canada Geese for public health and safety.
You are encouraged to read these licences to ensure that you are covered by them. The killing of other species and for other purposes may require you to apply for an individual licence.
Please refer to the Natural England Website for the latest information. The website can be found here.