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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.

Since 14 July 2014, the Anti-social Behavior Crime & Policing Act 2014 amended section 21 of the Firearms act to include any person who receives a suspended sentence of three months or more 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.

An amendment is also made to section 58(2) of the Firearms Act so that a person who is subject to a prohibition under section 21 from possessing firearms will also not be able to possess any antique firearm.

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


The fees for the grant & renewal and variation of firearm and shotgun certificates, together with fees for Registered Firearms Dealers certificates and visitor’s permits change on 6th April 2015. Please see the 'Fees' reference on this web site. For those persons with co-terminus certificates, please ensure you read the fees carefully.

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