An application for a visitor who wishes to possess firearms to which section 1 of the Firearms Act 1968 applies, or possess, purchase or acquire any ammunition to which that section applies whilst in Great Britain or to possess a shotgun to which section 2 of the Act applies must be made via a person resident ‘a sponsor’ in Great Britain. A sponsor must include full details of where the visitor intends to use the firearms/shotguns and ammunition.
The only criteria to act as a sponsor is to be of good character, and it is not necessary to be a firearm or shotgun certificate holder. All correspondence will be with the sponsor only.
The application for the permit is made by the sponsor and should be accompanied by the appropriate fee.
The cost of visitor permits is:
- Visitors’ permit: Individual - £20
- Visitors’ permit: Group (six or more permits) - £100
The Visitor Permit application, form 107, can be found below. This can be downloaded or you can obtain one from any Police Station.
The applicant should also supply an original or a full copy of the European Firearms Pass, if the permit is requested by an EEC resident, or a copy of the visitor's hunting permit (valid in their home country) or Certificate of Good Conduct (available from the visitor's home police/sheriff department).
Applications for a Visitors Permit should be made at least 6 weeks prior to arrival in Scotland. There may be extenuating circumstances when an application is made close to the date on which the applicant wishes to travel to Scotland.
Police Scotland will make every effort to process late applications on time, however this cannot be guaranteed.
Guidance regarding Air Weapon Visitor Permits (Visiting Scotland) and Air Weapon Event Permits can be found within the Air Weapon Section found here. (Link to air weapon page).
A person may apply to the Chief Constable of Police Scotland for authority to host days allowing non Shotgun Certificate holders to shoot artificial targets, under Section 11(6) of the Firearms Act 1968, as amended, which states:
‘A person may, without holding a shotgun certificate, use a shotgun at a time and place approved for shooting at artificial targets by the Chief Officer of Police for the area in which that place is situated’
To apply, please download and complete the application form found below and submit to your local Firearms Licensing Processing Centre found here.
It should be noted that if the activity specified within your 11(6) Authority is for ‘hire or reward’, which in this case means that there is some monetary gain by the organizer, then consideration should be given to applying for Registered Firearm Dealer status.
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