Suspension of Grant Applications – 10/08/2022

The Firearms Licensing Unit is experiencing excessive delays in the processing of applications. As a result,  we have had to take the difficult decision to cease accepting firearm and shotgun grant applications with immediate effect.  

Please go to the News section for further information.

Cumbria Constabulary Firearms Licensing Unit is responsible for the administration of nearly 10,000 certificate holders across the county and some 35,000 registered weapons in addition to explosives certification and licensing.

We aim to support the shooting and explosives community while adhering to current legislation by providing services, including the grant, renewal and variation of firearms and explosives certificates; recording firearms transfers and the provision of advice to the public and Constabulary officers, among others. Through our work, we contribute towards keeping Cumbria safe.

For the latest information regarding firearms and explosives licensing, see the News section below.

Click here for information regarding Firearms Surrender

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.