What Is A European Firearms Pass?
A European Firearms Pass allows UK residents to travel to EU countries with their firearms or shotguns. Applicants will require a Firearms Certificate or Shotgun Certificate before they can apply for a European Firearms Pass.
When travelling to an EU country, the airline, ferry or train provider that you are travelling with will also need to be informed in advance of your departure date.
How Do I Apply For A European Firearms Pass?
You apply for a European Firearms Pass by making a request to your local Firearms Licensing Office. You should allow about two weeks for your application for a European Firearms Pass to be processed.
Will Brexit Affect Me Applying For A European Firearms Pass?
If the UK leaves the European Union on October 31st without a deal then applications for European Firearms Passes may be affected. In the case of a no deal case scenario, UK citizens will instead to check the firearms licensing requirements of the EU country that they are travelling to, ahead of travelling, and apply accordingly.
However, in the event that the UK reaches a deal with the Eu, then the European Firearms Pass will actively remain and all pending applications will be processed as normal.
Reasons To Travel With A European Firearms Pass
A Firearm Or Shotgun holder may have many reasons why they wish to travel to an EU country with a European Firearms Pass. Hunters of animals such as deer and wild boar may find plenty of opportunities to engage in their chosen pastime in a number of EU countries that perhaps they wouldn’t find in the UK countryside.
There may also be international competitions in the EU as well as opportunities for dealers to sell and import firearms and shotguns across EU borders.
To find out more about the European Firearms Pass, please visit the Official UK Government Website.