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Clay Pigeon Shoots - Section(11)6 Exemption

Applications should be made in writing to the Firearms and Explosives Licensing Department, identifying the time and place of the intended shoot.

Section 11(6) of the Firearms Act 1968

“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.”

  1. The organiser of any clay pigeon shoot at which persons who do not hold a shotgun certificate wish to shoot, must apply to the Chief Officer for the area in which the shoot is to take place for an exemption under section 11(6) of the 1968 Firearms Act.
  2. This allows non-certificate holders to possess shotguns at a time and place approved by the Chief Officer for shooting at artificial targets which normally, though not exclusively, includes clay pigeons.  All uncertified shooters are to be properly supervised, by an authorised person, throughout the shoot and receive instruction before any weapon handling takes place.
  3. This exemption applies ONLY to shotguns falling under section 2 of the Firearms Act 1968 (as amended).
  4. Any person under 15 using a shotgun must be supervised by a person of, or over, 21. (Firearms Act 1968, Section 22(3)).
  5. Prohibited persons as defined by Section 21 of the Firearms Act 1968 (If known) must not be permitted to be in possession of guns or ammunition.
  6. The owners of any shotguns used on the site are reminded that the security of those guns remains solely their responsibility.”
  7. The Shot and Clay fallout area is to be constantly monitored.  Notices are to be displayed warning the public that shooting is taking place.

North Yorkshire Police will assess the suitability of the organiser.

Information required

  • Full name
  • Address
  • Place of birth
  • Date of birth

A Firearms Enquiry Officer will visit the organiser to assess the suitability of the venue. There will be no fee for a Section 11(6).

Timescale

The Firearms and Explosives Licensing Department request 28 days notice to process any Section 11(6) exemption.

Application for a Clay Pigeon Shoot[pdf]