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Firearms Licensing

Firearms are dangerous weapons. Gun ownership is a privilege, not a right. Guernsey Police are the licensing authority for firearm and shotgun certificates as well as for firearms dealers within the Bailiwick.

The possession and use of firearms is strictly regulated.  Information on shotgun certificates and permits can be obtained from Guernsey Police on 725111.  The importation of firearms is also regulated and further information can be obtained from the Guernsey Border Agency on 741417.

There are approximately three hundred firearms certificates in force within Guernsey and seven hundred shotgun certificates.  There are also about fifteen registered firearms dealers in the island.  The Guernsey Police undertake all relevant checks and supervise the applications for all firearms and shotgun certificates, and also carry out security checks to ensure that weapons are kept securely in appropriate storage facilities.

New Firearms legislation was approved in 2017, to update the existing laws.  This included a review of fees and charges as outlined below:

 

Type

Fee (£)

Section of Firearms and Weapons Law

Firearm Certificate - grant

50

35(1)(a)

Firearm Certificate - renewal

30

35(1)(b)

Firearm Certificate - replacement

10

35(1)(b)

Firearm Certificate - variation

20

35(1)(c)

Shot Gun Certificate - grant

50

35(1)(a)

Shot Gun Certificate - renewal

30

35(1)(b)

Shot Gun Certificate - replacement

10

35(1)(b)

Shot Gun Certificate - variation

20

35(1)(c)

Security visit for firearm or shot gun certificate

Nil

35(1)(ba)

Total combined fee for firearm certificate and shot gun certificate - where both granted at the same time

55

35(1)(a)

Total combined fee for firearm certificate and shot gun certificate - where both renewed at the same time

35

35(1)(b)

Total combined fee for firearm certificate and shot gun certificate - where both varied at the same time

25

35(1)(c)

Registered firearms dealer - registration

100

38(1)

Registered firearms dealer -certificate of registration

50

36(5) and 38(2)

Visitors' permit - grant

20

16(1A)(a)

Visitors' permit - renewal

10

16(1A)(a)

Visitors' permit - replacement

10

16(1A)(b)

Visitors' permit - variation

10

16(1A)(c)

Licence for shotgun in public place (hunting permit) - grant

20

20A(8)(a)

Licence for shotgun in public place (hunting permit) - renewal or replacement

10

20A(8)(b)

Licence for shotgun in public place (hunting permit) - variation

10

20A(8)(c)

Permit for air weapon in public place for vermin control - grant

50

23B(8)(a)

Permit for air weapon in public place for vermin control - renewal or replacement

10

23B(8)(b)

Permit for air weapon in public place for vermin control - variation

20

23B(8)(c)

 

Useful contacts:

www.guernseysports.com/sports/shooting

SAFETY

  • Every time you pick up a gun, open it and see that it is not loaded
  • Ensure that the safety catch is on at all times that the gun is not in use
  • Never point a gun at anyone.  When passing a gun to another person the stock should be handed over first with the breech open (where appropriate)
  • When on the move always have a shotgun 'broken' and exercise extreme caution when climbing over a fence or hedge
  • Defective guns and those with particularly light trigger pressures are a menace to everyone.  Get a competent gunsmith to overhaul your gun annually
  • In a vehicle, ensure that any guns and ammunition are well hidden from view
  • Always leave the vehicle securely locked, even when left unattended for only a short time