The Firearms (Amendment) Rules 2018 came into force on 16th October 2018. 

Holders of a firearms and/or shotgun certificate are required to inform the chief officer of police, by whom the certificate was granted, as soon as reasonably practicable but within 7 days of:

  • The theft, loss or destruction within Great Britain of the certificate; and
  • The theft, loss, deactivation or destruction in Great Britain of any firearm, shotgun or ammunition to which the certificate relates.

How Condition 2 looks as of 16th October 2018

Firearm Certificate:

The holder of this certificate must inform the Chief Officer of Police by whom the certificate was granted as soon as reasonably practicable, but within 7 days of the theft, loss or destruction in Great Britain of the certificate and/or the theft, loss, deactivation or destruction of any firearms and/or the theft or loss of ammunition to which this certificate relates.

Shotgun Certificate:

The holder of this certificate must inform the Chief Officer of Police by whom the certificate was granted as soon as reasonably practicable, but within 7 days of the theft, loss or destruction in Great Britain of the certificate and/or the theft, loss, deactivation or destruction of any shotguns to which this certificate relates.

You can contact the Firearms Licensing Team here.