What is a shotgun certificate?
To legally obtain a shotgun in the UK you will need a shotgun certificate.
Permission to possess or to purchase a shotgun 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 – Once authorised, your shotgun must not hold more than three shotgun shells, including shells in the chamber if your shotgun is pump-action or semiautomatic.
How do the police decide who can own a firearm?
As part of your application for a shotgun 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 shotgun 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 shotgun certificate
Shotgun 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.