Jan 06 2018

UK Weapons and Firearms Law updated January 2018

What UK Weapons
Can You Legally Own?

Many UK citizens think that ALL firearms are illegal, and therefore unavailable to the UK public - this is not true.
You have the perfect right to own many types of firearms, but you must be able to have a good reason to do so.
For full, in depth details, check out the UK Home Office Guidelines for firearms.

Below Is A General Guide:
Firearms You Can Legally Own In The UK

UK Legal Firearms

UK Legal Firearms: Top to bottom

  • Civilian Hunting Rifle
  • Semi-Auto Shotgun
  • AR15
  • AKM
  • Anti-Material/Sniper Rifle
  • Long Barrelled Revolver (LBR)

Shotguns:
As well as the above firearms, you can own a shotgun -
*in general*, shotguns under 3 capacity (2+1) Section 2 only require a Shotgun Cert (SGC). 

The list List is by no means exhaustive, there are hundreds of flavours of firearms available in UK.

uk firearms law certificate

All these above weapons will require a Firearms Certificate, but, once you have been fully vetted by the police, and have fully satisfied all the legal requirements they are all perfectly legal for a UK citizen to own.

Steve Hart UK Prepper

The information here is true as of article date, and there are no current legislation changes to the UK firearms laws in the pipeline.


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  1. What a shame, the subject started on the right path on what we can own and why. A massive turn, and people not from the UK seemed to have started a riot. Delete the page, or edit it as people will switch off. Shame

    1. Hi Mr Normal,
      People come to this site for information, and hopefully find what they are looking for.
      Deleting the page will solve nothing.
      Editing the page would not work as it is stating the facts of firearm ownership in the UK.
      Also, readers comments are rarely censored, if they were, I’d be acting just like the governments do……
      All the best, Steve UK Preppers Guide

    • peter gray on June 4, 2018 at 8:44 am
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    one fears those whom have a chip on their shoulder, and those who are protected by the system, it appears that the sensible person whom is purchasing items to defend themselves and their families, and friends will be criminalised if they use illegal ways to obtain weapons, perhaps we should be looking for places where we ourselves can be trained and become members of a gun club where we will not break the laws, learn to meet all the standards for a gun licence, and in effect be fully trained in the use and techniques of gun ownership, as for other types of defence weapons one does not need a fancy knife, a bic pen would suffice, or pencil if you got close enough, then you would disarm the perp and hold for the old bill being ready if feel your life is threatened, always follow the rules if you do you will never have anything to fear but alas the loons are still out there with a drug enticed haze just after the wallet filled with plastic you can barter for your wallet if it has pics in it, the best way is not to carry your loved ones pics in your wallet, if you notify the bank and police your house insurance will cover the cost so never put your life on the line always be polite to the old bill the paperwork is killing their jobs and you never know one day they may be there for you. Just be careful use common sense perhaps someone can guide us to registered gun clubs?

      • Arwen on June 5, 2018 at 9:09 am
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      List of UK gun clubs here;

      http://www.shootingclubdirectory.com/

      Almost all of them offer training courses and instruction on the legalities and licencing requirements.

    • Lucia Wiznycia on March 21, 2018 at 3:45 pm
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    Hi, I am planning to move to Lincolnshire having lived there 20 years ago. Yes I know a pit of a place and when I had my pub burglary was a weekly event – locals most probably but what can you do when nobody wants to speak up. Reason is am sick and tired of having 576 busses passing my house weekly, and the noise of it all. This time will have a couple of dogs, am beginning my 70’s and am looking forward to the change. What is available to me regarding firearms, would expect to train in that area, but as I would want to live in a remote farmhouse and on my own – it would be good to know – what if !

    1. Hi Lucia,
      I have a few articles on that subject here:
      UK Legal Weapons
      UK Firearm Laws
      What weapons can you own

      Hope this helps.

      • John on March 30, 2018 at 10:16 pm
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      For a start, don’t tell ’em you want one in case you get burgled, or because the buses piss you off.

      • KillerBean on June 22, 2018 at 2:04 pm
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      Hi Lucia, basically in the UK it is your right to own a shotgun and its up to the police to show there is good reason for you not to own a shotgun, such as mental health problems. It is not your right to own a firearm and its up to you to show there is good reason for owning a FA. So you would need to be a member of a firearms club or be a land owner or have permission from a landowner to shoot on their land. If you decide to go down any route DO NOT MENTION SELF DEFENSE.

    • Andrew Bradshaw on March 12, 2018 at 5:05 am
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    Lol, it sucks to be a Brit. I can’t imagine having to justify owning a firearm.

      • Joe on March 19, 2018 at 6:29 am
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      It’s not great being in countries where the fatal shootings are in the 6 figures. And 18 school shootings in the first 34 days of this year. Bit of an obvious choice which system is best.

        • John on March 30, 2018 at 10:22 pm
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        There were more murders in London this month, than there were in New York City. You might wanna re-evaluate that, Joe.

          • ZeroSchoolShootingsVs? on April 8, 2018 at 1:50 pm
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          And what was it the month before? Or last year? How did other US cities compare to London?
          It’s clear to anyone that doesn’t have serious mental issues that the US system doesn’t work and needs sorting out, unfortunately for the poor sods that live in that shit hole there’s a lot of loud mouths pushing their agenda at every possible opportunity.

            • Frank Dior on June 9, 2018 at 11:05 am

            The crime is getting worse in the UK. Everyday I hear about the situation over there and it’s not good. “Minor” crimes are not being enforced and the criminals are becoming more bold. They know that the police won’t go after them for a lot of the crimes they commit. You Brits do not have the ability to defend yourselves. What’s allowed is very restrictive and the law is vague in regards on how much force can be applied. It leaves too much wiggle room for the authorities to maneuver against people if they do end up using force. Like how they treated that pensioner who killed a intruder in his home. They only let him off because of massive public backlash. That won’t always be the case.
            In America people are allowed to defend themselves with practically anything. Knives, guns, pepper spray, batons. Not so in the UK.
            America is far from being a “shit hole”. It has some bad parts of the country, but for the most part it’s pretty damn good. America has far more land, environments and opportunities to live and take advantage of. Americans have a higher standard of living than their British counterparts. Most British would love to move to America if they could. They would enjoy a better quality of life and more freedom. I have absolutely no desire to move to Britain. America is a far better place.
            Americans have a love affair with guns, because guns, made America. When the British, (YOU PEOPLE) tried to take away our guns and ammo back in the 1700s, we decided it was a good time to part ways with the British rule. We did pretty good at making our own way in this world. Better than you folks. Guns give the everday American the ability to fight for their country, their freedoms and survival if ever called upon. It gives the Constitution its teeth, Liberty’s teeth. You British wouldn’t understand and only have angry, salty, bitter attitudes toward Americans. It’s wearing really thin over here on this side of the pond.
            Really thin.

        • Use brain kid on April 4, 2018 at 9:29 pm
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        It’s not great being in a country where 600,000 children are gang-raped and murdered every year by invaders while the parents or the victims themselves get arrested instead of the rapists because of gun control means government can rule as a tyranny without opposition

          • ZeroSchoolShootingsVs? on April 8, 2018 at 1:52 pm
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          What a load of nonsense. It’s idiots like you that are to blame for the numerous children murdered, all because you want to own some guns.

            • Eugene on April 13, 2018 at 1:35 am

            What a a HUGE HEAP of Bollocks MR The Yanks RIGHT!! Tell that to my mate John who heard something in his 8yr Old daughters bedroom & got up went into her room to see her window sash open with standing Over her bed with his hand over her mouth with her panties ripped off & unzipping his jeans saying “Shhh with a.45 calibre Glock 21 To her head until hishome invader (Burglar) with intent on “Creeping” your abode & no interest in His property Only the Most Valuable thing he owns him & his wife’s Child! In true Father style he tried to rugby tackle (OR ‘NFL’ Tackle) him down not ever having held a gun so not knowing a Glock 21 is a a Powerful.45 calibre semi-automatic handgun that can go through walls & “multiple” persons & wrestling With the man,his daughter now screaming bcos his hands of his mouth,in the wrestle John got shot in the shoulder & it was ‘Now’ a Life Or Death situation (You OR Me!?) But He managed to wrestle still now his wife came into Coral’s room Bcos of all the racket & the invader shot towards johns head But Missed it went through the ceiling & Outta The roof (they never found the.45 bullet) & furthermore in the wrestling for his (& his families lives) his wife was shot in her leg,She Looking at her thought she’d been shot in a vital organ while attending to her the homidical peadofilic maniac managed to rape his 8yr Old Daughter & as he heard her screaming “Daddy!!!!??” He realised what was going on & wrestling again was shot ‘Again’ Now The neighbours had heard & Rang police but with John being the only witness his wife’s eyes glasses Came flying off in such a situation & the invader needed him dead bcos he’d used a condom (So NO DNA) & they wrestled for their lives & another shot went off missing John,But John ‘somehow’ managed to bend the Pistol from his own direction towards the invaders & shot & then rang the police (Due to “UK LAW” John was shot twice in intensive care,his wife shot Once & Their 8 years Old daughter Raped & the outcome was/is he got a life sentence with a 17yrs tariff (of which he’s been away 21yrs still applying for parole,His daughters got discosiative Personality disorder,ended up on heroin trying to block out & numb herself from the ordeal & his wife’s gotta deal with the outcome alone visiting him in Prisons They’ve sent him All Around The UK!! YOU Are for a ‘COMPLETE’ Different ERA My Friend,If you want a 9mm Glock in Lambeth Get £300 & it’s yours within a Phone call,Hell you can order if you want a Smith & Wesson,Sig sauer,Beretta,High power Browning But the crack & heroin drug dealers don’t bother with handguns no more they’re Using SMG’s as fashion statements (Sorry your unintelligence of today’s ERA an SMG is a Sub Machine Gun) SO Basically Don’t Preach to others things you know ‘Nothing’ of!! You know Obviously Criminals were doing Cartwheels when they banned handguns because they’re the One’s with the upper hand! They break into someone’s house with there 9mm pistol they’re 99.9% sure that they’re NOT Going to get 1 pointed back at their Face & Told “Leave NOW Or I’ll do to YOU what you intended to do to ME!! Bye Now!!.. That’s it get along like a Good boy while your heads still attached to ya shoulders!! SO.. MR “What Would YOU Have Done In John’s Shoes Then Sir!!!!??”

      1. The UK has 65.64 million citizens.
        The US has 325.7 million citizens.
        So with over 260 million more people in the US, the percentage of criminal activity will naturally be much higher.
        The number of mentally ill will be higher, too.

        Unfortunately, the media has made the US look like a cesspool of crime. It is not.
        Most people live in friendly communities much like the towns in your beautiful country
        and are good citizens living honest lives. Just like in the UK.

        I’ve spent a lot of time in your country and whenever I watch the news there, I realize how similar we are.

    • Andrew D Penny on February 24, 2018 at 4:31 pm
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    I’m not worried about gun laws, what about blade laws. I’ve been a collector since the age of 9, I’m now 48. At the end of last year some of my knives got stopped at customs. The next thing I know there’s 2 officers knocking at the door insisting to see my collection. They took photos of my blades and took video footage of me. Everything is OK now, but I was made to feel like I was some kind of terrorist,being filmed and told I couldn’t import any kind of bladed items again. Dose my head in. If kids were taught to use and respect knives from an early age there’d be less knife crime. But instead they’re told not to touch them, they’re dangerous, they’re bad. No wonder kids mess with blades, they’ve been forbidden. I remember knife crimes though out my life. It hasn’t gotten any worse, it’s all this social media crap. If you teach kids how to use and behave with knives the situation would change. Parents should help them learn, instead of letting them do what they want. It’s the parents fault, they’d sooner sit and watch the TV or play bloody gambling games on line.

    1. I must agree with you there Andrew.
      In all my years, I feel violence, including knife violence has not got any worse.
      Remember the old style gangs and gangsters that used to terrorise the pubs, clubs and streets…
      Remember the full on wars at the football terraces each Saturday, with stabbings and full on comatose kickings…
      Every town had its hard nuts who went out just looking for a punch up.
      Nowadays if someone so much as looks at you a bit funny its considered an act of violence, and you’ve violated and offended..!!!!
      As for the police, well there so brainwashed they think a hair clip is an offensive weapon. The old school copper who actually has common sense is very far and few between these days.
      Unfortunately we have become a brainwashed society of namby pamby mommies boys. Grown men sitting around playing video games pretending to be Rambo who cry if someone so much as points at them…..
      It’s a sad, sad situation, made 100x worse by the equally mind dead, so called, journalists who feed these poor buggers with made up. over the top news, every bloody minute of the day straight to their Iphone…
      The mind boggles..!!!

        • Jamie on April 11, 2018 at 12:16 pm
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        Who ever did write the above comment is 100% bang rite as kids remember taking gravity knife to school not use but as our show off was caught had confiscated, but my mum could collect after school day was over as well in a two miles various three gun stores, this country has lost plot, it is not violent to be honest think it’s gone soft a joke rather be able to protect myself home how I see fit, if you hurt burglar even tho they got crow bar with them say give them a good crack your the one looking at time – it’s terrorism only problem which cars are instruments of death for the idiots involved why not ban motor vehicles .

    • Freddy on February 10, 2018 at 11:57 pm
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    I think you miss the point: in a real SHTF situation you don’t need to worry about your day in court.

    1. Hi Freddy,
      This is not a SHTF related article – it is factual article with information on the current UK gun laws.

    • sniffer2000 on January 11, 2018 at 6:46 am
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    Whether legal or not… it´s like being forbidden directly for Englishers to defend themselves. What difference
    does it make whether the guns are allowed or not ?

    When you defend yourself, you become thrown into jail for a long time same as in Germany. Both are
    countries that are so utterly destroyed, that they never will come up in their life time ever. When even
    cops defend themselves in Germany they can get 4 years in prison for manslaughter very, very easily
    even when not killing the suspect or tried manslaughter.

    The attourneys are so leftist that they even top Lenin, Marx or Yagoda. Even if you are allowed to have
    guns after 20 psychological tests, 10 approvals and 200 permissions…. when one defends itself with in
    a clear self defense situation, it never becomes acknowledged !!! It looks fine in theory but fails in reality !
    I know of what I am talking of since been robbed 2x in my house. The robbers got no penalty and when I
    stopped one 3rd time, cops arrested me and asked the intruder whether I harmed him and were heart
    bleeding. That he had a knife was no theme of discussion for them.

    I had huge problems and did not even kill anybody. I shot the asshole into the shoulder, had reperation
    to pay, the judge was polarized and on the burglar´s side. My lawyer was a loser and was no help at
    all. Forget it ! With politicians as Blair or Merkel there is no hope anymore….. even when one would
    be allowed to have fully automatical weapons in UK it´s useless since there is no self defense law
    that covers one in such a situation, even the cops are being kicked their 3 letters in the streets.
    I am glad not to be born in those 2 countries and when I would immediately move away where it´s
    not sick like that . Even USA is a better option then. The worst enemy of any decent human being
    is not the mugger or criminal alone, it´s the justice system when judges deny you all rights in a court.
    There are so many wonderful laws written but they become overrun and not applied, ignored and
    so badly abused that lady justice craves instantly of shock. Instead of investing into a gun, you guys
    should buy flight tickets away from UK.

    1. Hi Sniffer,
      This article is not about self defence, or using a weapon in self defence, in fact I do not mention self defence at any point.
      It is purely the current UK laws appertaining to legal UK firearm ownership.
      As we all know, a SHTF or self defence scenario is a completely different situation.

      • Corrado Cecere on March 17, 2018 at 9:09 am
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      Sniffer, at least I know my kids are safe at school eh! Thanks to strict gun control they are in more danger to die by Alien Spaceship Intervention than to be shot by some crackpot loser that was abke to buy an automatic weapon at 7/11 the night before…No thanks pal, you just keep counting your children’s bodies and leave us (and the Germans) to decide what’s best for us

        • Joe on March 19, 2018 at 6:38 am
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        Corrado, (in reply to “sniffer”(!?)),
        Here here. I would flee from the insanity of gun drenched USA any day. By the time that school shooting that was heavily covered in the media was reported in February there had already been 18 school shootings in the first 43 days of the year. And police shoot people execution style will running away unarmed for traffic offences, or even while held face down on the floor by other officers completely restrained. These are just two globally publicised incidents that were caught on phone cameras and can be watched on YouTube etc.

        • KillerBean on June 22, 2018 at 2:11 pm
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        So you have forgotten Dunblain?

      • ZeroSchoolShootingsVs? on April 8, 2018 at 1:55 pm
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      You’re allowed to defend yourself in the UK. Stop spreading your uneducated nonsense.

        • Frank Dior on June 9, 2018 at 11:07 am
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        Not like in America Brit.

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