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UK Firearms Law

UK Firearms Law

Individuals who hold firearms and shotgun certificates often do not appreciate how susceptible they are to enforcement action by the police. Whether you are a professional who requires your certificates to earn a living or a keen sporting shooter, you should appreciate the legal responsibilities and obligations that come with the holding of a firearms or shotgun certificate.

Our team are recognised as leaders in the area of shooting and field-sports law, frequently acting on behalf of certificate holders subject to investigation by the police in connection with criminal allegations or in connection with the loss of their certificate.

Failure to comply with the conditions to which your certificate is granted may render you liable to prosecution. This can prove costly, may cause reputational damage and, where the constabulary considers you to be a danger to the public safety or the peace, the loss of your certificates.

For a variety of reasons Constabulary’s are showing an increasing appetite to intervene. To the usual certificate holder this can be stressful and sometimes frightening. Our team are well known and respected for their work in this area and can guide you through the complex processes that may follow intervention by the police.

Our areas of expertise include:

  • Advising on a range of licensing issues commonly encountered by certificate holders and representing the certificate holder on all aspects of the licensing process including grant, refusal, renewal, imposition of conditions or revocation. This will necessarily include negotiation with the licensing authority
  • Issues relating to alcohol and psychiatry
  • We can provide first rate representation in the Magistrates Court (in relation to prosecutions) and the Crown Court in relation to refusals to grant of revocation of a certificate
  • Antique firearms, de-activated and replica weapons and military devices
  • Kinetic testing failure
  • Advice as to the legal status of guns – specifically offences under s5
  • Advice and representation at police stations
  • Applications in respect of prohibited persons
  • Representing individuals in court proceedings accused of serious criminal offences relating to the possession or use of firearms and weapons
  • Advising shooting clubs and firearms-related businesses in relation to their compliance with firearms law.

Members of our team are regular contributors to shooting publications, and are currently acting as the legal correspondent for The Shooting Times, formerly having written for BASC’s magazine Shooting and Conservation and Gun Trade News.

Find out more about some of the cases our experienced staff have been involved in.

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