gum ownership Gun ownership comes with many responsibilities.

You need to ensure that your shotgun/firearms certificate is up to date and that your gun is kept securely, according to the law.

You need to be fully aware of the shooting safety rules and follow the all-important shooting etiquette.

Make sure that your gun is safe for use by maintaining it well.

Gun laws change from time to time as new ruling is brought in and you need to be sure you are up to date with what is happening.

If you’re a novice, we have advice on buying your first gun, whether new or second-hand and making sure your gun mount is its best.

Read our articles here which cover the important aspects of gun ownerships, from how to buy a gun, how to apply for your shotgun licence and firearms certificate, the best way to keep your gun secure and the legalities.

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FAQs about shotgun certificate applications

Q. How much does a shotgun certificate cost and how long does it run for? A. A certificate is valid for five years, after which it must be renewed  if you wish to continue to possess shotguns. A new certificate costs £79.50 and renewal is £49. Q. How old do…

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Is it legal to borrow or lend a gun?

Key advice on borrowing and lending guns At the start of the shooting season you may be shooting with friends who have recently ventured into fieldsports and don’t yet own a shotgun. So what’s the law if you are going shooting with a friend on a formal shoot and the…

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Antique firearms law changes 22 September 2021

Owners of firearms which were previously classed as antique will require a firearms licence for them from Wednesday 22 September 2021 when the antique firearms law changes. This follows legislation passed earlier this year on 22 March with the passage of the Antique Firearms Regulations 2021, which gave the definition of…

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Antis publish searchable map of gun owners

The website, which Shooting Times has been asked by authorities not to name, has in the past ‘doxxed’ those involved in hunting and the badger cull, publishing home addresses and phone numbers. However, the deliberate promotion of the information taken from Guntrader marks a huge escalation of its attacks on…

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What’s the right shotgun bore for you?

What should you do if you want to buy a shotgun which will be used mainly for vermin control (pigeons, crows, magpies and rats), together with rough shooting and the occasional crack at clays. A reader asked me a question  about choosing shotgun bore a while back, recalling that a…

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Best gun safes: for keeping your firearms securely and legally

Which are the best gun safes around? The law says that guns must be stored in a lockable gun cabinet that meets British standards and is fixed to a secure structure. Do the best gun safes have to look like gun safes? Not really. What the gun cabinet looks like…

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Storing guns in the attic: is it legal?

I’ve recently got into shooting and have applied for my shotgun certificate. I know that I need a gun cabinet and I’m thinking of storing guns in the attic in it. Is this a good location – after all it’s discreet and out of the way. Will the guns be…

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Changes to antique firearms regulations

With the passage of the Antique Firearms Regulations 2021, British law includes the definition of what constitutes an antique firearm for the first time in legal history. Previously, there was no such definition, with the law relying on the common or usual meaning of the word ‘antique’ — in other…

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What’s the law on inheriting a shotgun?

Some months after my father passed away the police told my mother that because his shotgun certificate had lapsed she should hand his gun to the local gun shop.

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Shotgun storage advice from a firearms officer

When you’re the owner of a gun you need to be vigilant about firearms security. So we asked an expert for his shotgun storage advice, gathered from years of experience. Because the last thing you want to happen is for your gun to fall into the wrong hands. Shotguns storage…

How to avoid having your shotgun certificate taken away

The correct term for having your shotgun certificate taken away by a firearms licensing department is having it revoked. The revocation basically means that you are no longer considered a responsible and safe shooter by the law and so your privilege is removed. Obviously that’s something no shooter wants to…

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Travelling with guns – here’s what you need to know

Whilst shooting locally is companionable and familiar, from time to time keen Shots will be keen to get travelling with guns. Whether to investigate shooting in a different type of landscape or a different quarry during a different season. Whatever the reason, all responsible gun owners need to know the…