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A firearm certificate holder with “restricted” conditions of use can only shoot over “land deemed suitable by the chief officer of police” and for which they have lawful authority. The Firearms Licensing Unit will, upon receipt of details of additional permissions, advise holders if an area of land is suitable to be shot over. You should not shoot over the land until this has been confirmed.

The permission should include the name, address and telephone number of the land owner, specify the firearms which may be used and the quarry to be taken. Please ensure the land owner/authoriser will be available to verify the permission.

The holder of a certificate with “open” conditions of use, “land over which the holder has lawful authority to shoot”, must ensure they have permission from the landowner and the land is suitable for their type and calibre of firearm. It is your responsibility to ensure it is safe.


To assist Cumbria Constabulary it would be appreciated if prior to shooting you could telephone 101 and provide the following information:

  • Your name.
  • Details of vehicles being used.
  • Name and location of land.
  • Expected start and finish times.