What is a Firearm Certificate?
To legally obtain a firearm in the UK such as a rifle or pistol you will need a firearm certificate.
Permission to possess or to purchase a firearm in the UK can only be granted to an individual after they have been assessed by their local police force and passed the necessary checks.
NOTE – To legally own and use a shotgun you will need to apply for a Shotgun Certificate.
How do the police decide who can own a firearm?
As part of your application for a firearm certificate, the firearms licensing unit of your local police force will conduct a number of checks.
Some of these checks will include, a criminal record check, property inspection, and a full report from a GP to evaluate the mental health and wellbeing of the applicant.
A firearm certificate cannot be granted unless police are satisfied both that the applicant has a good reason to own the firearm and that they do not pose a threat to public safety.
How to apply for a firearm certificate
Firearm certificate applications must be made via the firearms licensing unit of your local police force. You can find the contact details for your local police force at the Official UK Government Website.