With the following exceptions, a Firearm Certificate must be held for any 'Firearm' or ammunition for such a weapon. For the full definition please refer to http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1968/27
- Shot guns which may be held on a Shot Gun Certificate
- Shot gun cartridges containing five or more shot, none of which exceeds .36 inch in diameter, which can only be purchased on production of a Shot Gun Certificate.
- Air weapons of a type not declared specially dangerous (i.e. those falling below 6ft/lbs for a Air Gun or 12 ft/lbs for an Air rifle.
- Ammunition for an air gun, air rifle or air pistol.
- Blank cartridges not more than one inch in diameter
Firearm Certificates are generally granted for rifles required for sports / vermin or target shooting.
Component parts of Section 1 firearms also require a Firearm Certificate, as do accessories, such as sound moderators.
The Firearm Certificate will specify the type and calibre of each firearm (and amount of corresponding ammunition, not applicable to air weapon ammunition) that may be possessed.
More dangerous firearms, classified as ‘prohibited weapons’ are covered by Section 5 of the Firearms Act 1968, and generally require authority from the Scottish Government.
Applicants must have a 'Good Reason' for all firearms they may wish to possess. This may be evidenced by having authority to shoot over land, or membership of a Target Shooting Club. In respect of renewals, 'Good Reason' will be shown through regular use of all firearms possessed.
The application form for a Firearm Certificate (Form 201) is available below.
This form can be downloaded direct, or you can obtain them from any Police Station or you can send a stamp addressed A4 or A5 envelope with a 1st class large letter stamp affixed to your local Licensing Centre. Currently it is not possible to submit this form electronically.
A Firearms certificate is valid for 5 years.
Make cheques payable to the SCOTTISH POLICE AUTHORITY.
|Variation (if number of weapons increased)||£26.00
If you are applying for the Grant, or Renewal of a Firearms Certificate you can also apply for the grant, or renewal of a Shot Gun Certificate, so that both have the same expiry date.
|Co-terminous Certificates ||Fee
|Grant of a Firearms and Shotgun Certificates || £60.00
|Grant of Firearms Certificate and Renewal of Shotgun Certificate|| £60.00
|Renewal of Firearms and Shotgun Certificate || £50.00
Certificate holders will be reminded as a courtesy to renew their certificates some 12 weeks in advance of their expiry by the local Licensing Centre. However there is nothing to prevent you from renewing it before a reminder is sent out and we would encourage you to do so. This would allow us sufficient time to carry out the necessary enquiries before your certificate expires.
An application to vary a firearm certificate may be made at any time. In general terms:
- Where the number of firearms are increased a fee is payable.
- A rifle may be exchanged for another of the same general calibre and type. This is known as 'one for one' to replace a worn firearm or acquire a preferred one. In practice, the old firearm should be disposed of, a 'one for one' variation applied for within 7 days and the new firearm acquired when granted.
- Where the variation involves substantial change of weapon type then enquiry will be made by a licensing officer.
The Firearm application form required for a variation is available below (Form 202).
The completed form and fee of £26.00 made payable to the SCOTTISH POLICE AUTHORITY (only payable if you are increasing your number of firearms), should be returned to your local Firearms and Explosives Licensing.
A Shot Gun Certificate must be held for any 'Shot Gun'. For the full definition please refer to
Application for a Shot Gun Certificate Form 201 is available below.
This form can be downloaded direct, or you can obtain one from any Police Station, or you can send a stamp addressed A4 or A5 envelope with a 1st class large letter stamp affixed to your local Licensing Centre.
Currently it is not possible to submit this form electronically.
A Shotgun certificate is valid for 5 years.
|Shot Gun Certificates||Fee
When applying for a licence please read the application notes first to ensure the application form is completed correctly.