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Have your say on firearms licensing

It’s heartening to hear that MEP Vicky Ford appears to be listening to BASC and the Countryside Alliance (CA) over proposed changes to the EU’s Firearms Directive. Ms Ford is heading up a study into the proposals. Both organisations want EU politicians to steer clear of knee-jerk new gun controls that will…

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How to get both a firearms and a shotgun certificate

Q: I would like to get a firearms certificate as well as a shotgun certificate. What will I have to do to obtain one? A: It’s not unlike the process you went through for your shotgun. You obtain the form, complete it and send it to your local police force…

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Shooters urged to lobby MEPs about EU Firearms Directive

FACE UK is calling on shooters to make their voices heard by contacting their MEPs to register their opinions on proposed changes to the European Firearms Directive. Plans to tighten European gun laws were brought forward by the European Commission following two separate terrorist attacks in Paris last year. Fears…

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Gun Licences: The future

Chief Constable Andy Marsh has been at the centre of several major news stories in recent weeks. He called for Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) report, which highlighted failings in the application of firearms licensing in England and Wales. He has also given his backing to the Law Commission’s plans to bring the current law on firearms, which is contained…

Champion clay pigeon shooter loses firearms certificate due to Facebook prank

Police have alleged that 24-year-old Mr Burn was standing in a wooded area dressed in underpants, Wellington boots, cap and holding a shotgun which he pointed at the sky before announcing that he was shooting pigeons. The allegation continues that he then broke open the gun, put it on the…

Gun licence fee increases put to Parliament for approval

Government proposals to increase gun licence fees that would see the cost of a shotgun certificate rise from £50 to £79.50 have been put to Parliament for approval. The firearms licensing fees order contains suggested increases based on the findings of a Home Office working group that included representatives from…

Do I need a general licence or a game licence?

Game licences and game dealers licences were abolished in Scotland with effect from 7 April 2011 when the new Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Bill was passed

Shot Gun Certificate appeals

The recent announcements by the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) and the Clay Pigeon Shooting Association (CPSA) about their standard members’ insurance can only be welcome news to shooters. They will shortly extend their coverage to include costs incurred appealing police decisions in respect to the refusal or…

General Licences

Who write General Licences? Those with a fondness for bureaucratic language says Mike Swan

Do police need their own shotgun licence to take your guns?

Shotgun licence: If a police officer is required to take a firearm from you, surely they must be firearms qualified and hold a shotgun licence? Many police officers are not sure about firearms and wouldn’t know if a gun is loaded. Who is responsible? I thought we, as licence holders,…

How can I get a transfer licence to buy a shotgun from Spain?

David Frost You need to contact the Spanish Embassy in London and ask them – http://spain.embassyhomepage.com Alternatively the Ministry of the Interior has a website at www.interior.gob.es and the main Spanish shooting organisation has one at www.fecaza.com – both are in Spanish but your relative may speak the language if…

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Do I have to get a gun straight after my shotgun licence?

Shotgun licence: Is there a time limit after getting a shotgun licence in which I have to buy a gun? I’d planned to get one pretty soon after the certificate arrived but now I’ve been made redundant there are more pressing demands on my finances.

What’s this form in my shotgun licence renewal pack?

What’s this form in my shotgun licence renewal pack?

Shotgun licence: I live in Essex and included in my recent shotgun certificate renewal pack there was a form I was required to sign to the effect that if my certificate renewal was delayed I could keep my guns in the approved storage but not use them.