UK Gun Laws

What Are The UK Gun laws

Gun ownership is considered to be a privilege rather than a right and the control of firearms in the UK are definitely one of the more closely monitored and toughest in the world.
As a direct result of these UK Gun Laws the amount of firearm offences make up less than 0.2% of recorded crime here in the United Kingdom. 
The state considers any firearm as a dangerous weapon and, as such, has a duty to protect the public from its misuse -  based on this duty to the British public the firearms licensing law was created.

What Is Ment By The Term Firearm?

A firearm is a term given to a lethal barrelled weapon.
That weapon can be of any description from which any shot, bullet or missile can be discharged, and knowing what the UK gun laws are will greatly help you in choosing the right license to obtain.

* There is one small area where the firearms licensing law does not apply and that is air rifles or pistols.
You can legally own an air rifle which has a muzzle energy of below 12 ft lbs or a pistol below 6 ft lbs without a FAC ( fire arms certificate ) Any air rifle above this will require licensing - A pistol above 6 ft lbs is completely prohibited. see choosing an air rifle for preppers.

Who can legally own a firearm in the UK.?

Any member of the public can legally own a firearm in the UK provided they meet the requirements within the firearm licensing law.
 A Firearm license gives you permission to:

  • posses
  • purchase
  • acquire
  • That permission will only be granted to you, once fully assessed by the licensing authority, namely, the police, as [1] not posing a threat to public safety & [2] having good reason to own a firearm.
     
    A typical 'good reason' would be target shooting club, museums or firearms dealer. In order for the police to decide if you are fit to own a firearm they will carry out a number of specific checks on yourself and associates, as well as quite a few other 'checks' which will include interviews, a visit to your home, in depth criminal record searches as well as require references from friends. Your GP may well be contacted as well.  
    Basically, anyone or anything that might give reason for the police to see you as unfit to own a firearm.

    What is a 'good reason' to own a firearm.?

    You must be legitimate in your application and be able to demonstrate a genuine reason for actually wanting to own a firearm. Typical, legitimate reasons for owning a firearm on a regular basis may be:

    • work associated
    • sport
    • leisure
    • collecting
    • research

    Each case is judged on its own merits and an individual basis

    The cost of a firearms certificate.

    Firearm and shotgun certificates

    A firearm or shotgun certificate is valid for five years.

    Certificate type
    Action
    Fee
    Firearm certificate
    Grant
    £88.00
     
    Renew
    £62.00
     
    Vary (add firearms) 
    £20.00
     
    Replacement certificate
    £4.00
    Shotgun certificate
    Grant
    £79.50
     
    Renew
    £49.00
     
    Replacement certificate
    £4.00

    Coterminous certificates

    A coterminous certificate is when we issue both a firearm and shotgun certificate at the same time. Processing these together reduces our administration costs, so we’re able to offer coterminous certificates at a reduced fee.

    Certificate
    type

    Action
    + Certificate
    type

    Action
    Fee
    Firearm
    certificate
    Grant
    Shotgun
    certificate
    Grant
    £90.00
    Firearm
    certificate
    Grant
    Shotgun
    certificate
    Renew
    £90.00
    Firearm
    certificate
    Renew
    Shotgun
    certificate
    Grant
    £90.00
    Firearm
    certificate
    Renew
    Shotgun
    certificate
    Renew
    £65.00

    Explosives certificates

    The table below applies to any weight of explosives up to 15kg.

    Certificate type
    Action
    Fee
    Valid for
    Acquire only
    Grant
    Free
    5 yrs
    Acquire and keep
    Grant
    Free
    5 yrs

    To acquire, or acquire and keep, between 15kg and 2000kg of explosives, fees may apply. Visit the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website to find out more.

    Likewise, if you’re planning to acquire and keep more than 2000kg please apply for a certificate directly from the HSE website.

    Visitor's permits

    Certificate type
    People
    Fee
    Visitor’s permit
    1-5
    £20 per person
    Group visitor’s permit
    6-20
    £100 in total

    Club approval

    Certificate type
    Club type
    Fee
    Firearm certificate
    Home office-approved
    Free

    Firearm dealers

    Certificate type
    Fee
    Valid for
    Initial firearm dealer registration
    £200.00
    3 yrs
    Firearm dealer re-registration
    £200.00
    3 yrs

    Common sense firearm ownership in the UK.? 

    Many people get very confused when it comes to what you can or cannot legally own in the UK.
    There are currently some 170,000 firearms licences and around 620,000 shotgun licences on issue here in the UK today. The vast majority of these licence holders are quite legitimate and extremely responsible with the use of their firearms at work and for their leisure pursuits.
    It's only a very extremely small minority of individual cases where a legally held firearms is seen to be misused.
    As a UK citizen you have a perfect right to own a firearm providing you prove yourself worthy of the Fire Arms Certificate - it's a simple as that.

    What firearms can you legally own in the UK.?

    You'd probably be surprised how many and what type of firearms you can actually own.!
    Take a look here and see what FIREARMS you can LEGALLY own in the UK.     .  

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    1 comment

      • Alfred John Lawrence Whiteman on May 18, 2018 at 3:33 pm
      • Reply

      Hi, I have to take a hobby up since I retired.
      I served in the RN, and gained my marksmans badge. A lot of years have passed since then, but I enjoyed shooting. So why not make it my hobby.

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