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Firearms

Introduction

This area of the site answers many frequently asked questions relating to firearms licensing, fees and other issues, including how to apply for a certificate.

If you are unable to find the information you are looking for here, the department will be pleased to answer any questions or give advice directly. Telephone contact details are listed below or you can email the department at firearms.licensing@cambs.pnn.police.uk

These pages provide general notes that may help you with the application process. Please read them, and if you have any questions or require advice on the application process, or other firearms licensing issues contact the Firearms & Explosives Licensing Department.

Cambridgeshire Constabulary Firearms & Explosives Licensing Department complies with the Home Office Guidance. Visit their website for the new updated guidance

New application forms have now been introduced. Details of the referee(s) have to be entered by the applicant and the referees are no longer required to sign the application form or the back of a photograph.

Extension to definition of Prohibited Person under Section 21 Firearms Act 1968

From 14 July 2014, if a person receives a suspended sentence of three months or more then they will not be able to purchase or possess a firearm or ammunition for a period of five years from the second day after sentence. This timescale has been set so that a person who is in possession of a firearm or ammunition is not in immediate breach of the law when the sentence is passed and has an opportunity to make arrangements to transfer or dispose of their firearm or ammunition.

However, a person who received a suspended sentence before 14 July and already has a firearm certificate would be able to retain their firearm and ammunition for the duration of their certificate.

Section 110 makes another amendment to the Firearms Act so that from 14 July 2014, a person who has served or received a criminal sentence will not be able to possess an antique firearm. The prohibition applies to anyone who has served a custodial sentence of more than three years or has served a custodial sentence, or received a suspended sentence, of between three months and three years.

A person to whom this applies and who currently lawfully possesses an antique firearm will need to dispose of it by 14 July.

The Home Office circular covering this change can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/home-office-circulars-2014.

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