We are happy to do this as our certificates come up for renewal three months apart.

How should we word this on our respective shotgun licences, and how would we pass this information to the licensing authority?

Once the words are on the certificates can we simply photocopy them and send them to our county police firearms department?

Bill Harriman
A shotgun certificate allows the holder to possess any number of shotguns providing he or she has adequate security measures in place to secure them when they are not in use.

A certificate also allows the holder to borrow a shotgun from another certificate holder for a period of 72 hours without having to enter the shotgun on to his certificate and inform the police that he has acquired it.

The 72-hour loan period can be repeated indefinitely upon each expiry.

Consequently, there is no need for your shotguns to be entered on to both your certificates unless you want to do so.

Certainly, the certificates do not have to be annotated with the word “shared”.

It is enough that the details of the gun appear on both certificates.

The downside of this practice is that both of you could face prosecution if a gun was to be lost or stolen as a result of one person’s negligence.