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Weapon Transfers

If you acquire or transfer any weapon, you must notify the Firearms & Explosives Licensing Department in writing within 7 days of the transaction.

Full details (name, address and certificate number) of both the buyer and seller and of the weapon must be provided. Failure to comply with any of the sections is an offence punishable by a term of imprisonment of up to six months, a fine of up to £2,000 or both.The transfer of firearms, shotguns or ammunition must be in person. The buyer must produce to the seller their certificate entitling them to purchase, or acquire, the weapons or ammunition.

Shotgun

If a shotgun (section 2) is possessed for more than 72 hours, you must notify the Firearms & Explosives Licensing Department of this transfer.

  • When you purchase, the person selling enters the details on the back of your certificate at table 2, and signs it.
  • When you sell, you enter the details on the back of the buyers certificate at table 2 and sign it. You then cross it out on your certificate.
  • BOTH parties write and inform their relevant Firearms Department.
  • We do not require either certificate.

Firearms

  • You can only acquire a weapon if your certificate has been ‘varied’, i.e. you have the authority to purchase or acquire that particular type of weapon. If you wish to add extra or replace current weapons you need to apply for a variation, see notes opposite.
  • Once you have the relevant authority, the person selling enters the weapon details onto table 1 on your certificate, and signs it.
  • BOTH parties write and inform their relevant Firearms Department.
  • We do not require either certificate.

Please ensure when transferring a section 1 firearm, that the receiving certificate has the relevant authority present.

Any deactivated weapon must have a Certificate of Deactivation issued from a Proof House to allow the weapon to be kept without the requirement of a Certificate.

Weapon transfer form[pdf]