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Permits (European Firearm and visitors)
The rules and guidance for travelling with a European Firearms Pass or sponsoring a visitor from the EU will change depending on the Brexit situation. The notes below give advice on the current situation, however if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, UK residents travelling to EU countries with their firearm or shotgun after 29th March 2019 will no longer be able to use a European Firearms Pass and should contact the authorities of the countries concerned for information about their licensing requirements. If you are sponsoring an EU visitor to the UK, you should continue to apply to the local police force, for a Visitor's Permit. Permits issued before the UK leaves the EU will remain valid until they expire. Further advice from the Home Office can be obtained by following the link below.
European Firearm Permits (EFP)
The EFP is used by individuals wishing to take shotguns and/or firearms to other European Union states, it acts as a form of passport for guns. There is no fee for an EFP.
An EFP is issued to residents of Great Britain and only firearm and shotgun certificate holders are entitled to one. It will only include those firearm and/or shotguns which the applicant possesses by virtue of a valid firearm or shotgun certificate.
From date of receipt providing there are no issues, we aim to issue the grant of an EFP within 10 working days. Please note that an EFP is issued to expire with either your firearm or shotgun certificate therefore it is your responsibility when forwarding your firearm or shotgun renewal application to indicate if you also wish to renew your EFP.
Under Section 17 of the Firearms Act 1988, visitors to Great Britain may, if they are granted the appropriate permit, have in their possession firearms, shotguns or ammunition without holding a certificate, specifically:
- A visitor’s firearm permit which allows them to have in their possession any firearm and purchase, acquire or have in their possession any ammunition, to which section 1 of the 1968 act applies.
- A visitor’s shotgun permit which allows them to have in their possession, purchase or acquire shotguns.
A visitor’s permit is valid for use throughout Great Britain for a period of up to twelve months, a separate permit for each force area is not required.
Visitors from other European Union states must be in possession of a European Firearms Pass (EFP) in order to be issued with a visitors permit.
Applications will be made by a sponsor, to the chief officer of police for the area in which the sponsor resides. They may be a private individual or the representative of a club, shooting syndicate, country estate or national shooting organisation.
Applications for visitor permits are required 6-8 weeks prior to the visitor coming into the UK to allow the sponsor to forward the permit to the visitor.
|Certificate type||Fee (payable to ‘PCC for North Yorkshire’)|
|Visitors Permit x1||£20|
|Visitors Permit x2||£40|
|Visitors Permit x3||£60|
|Visitors Permit x4||£80|
|Visitors Permit x 5 or more in the same group||£100|
Chief Officers of Police are authorised to issue a temporary permit to suitable persons, who are in possession of a weapon, in circumstances when it would not be appropriate to issue a firearm or shotgun certificate. For example – the relative or executor of a deceased certificate holder.
Permits may also be issued where the renewal or variation of a certificate has been delayed, but through no fault of the certificate holder. It does not cover an applicant or referee, who through their own un-cooperation is responsible for the delay.