Visitor Permits and 11(6) Authorities
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.
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.
European Firearms Pass
GB residents who want to travel to the EU with their firearms or shotguns will no longer be able to apply for a European Firearms Pass (EFP) from 1 January 2021. You will also no longer be able to use an existing EFP to travel to the EU with your firearm or shotgun.
Instead, you should check the firearms licensing requirements of the EU country you’re travelling to or through, ahead of travelling. You will need to apply for consent in line with these requirements and applicable import/export controls.