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Some IMPORTANT information for you to consider when you are the holder of a North Yorkshire Firearm and/or Shotgun Certificate.

  • Remember it is YOUR responsibility to ensure that unauthorised people don’t have access to your guns. It is an offence if you fail to do so, and you could be prosecuted and have your certificate revoked.
  • Unless being used, always keep your firearm locked securely in an approved gun cabinet.
  • Do not hang cabinet keys where they can be found or divulge the whereabouts of your cabinet keys to unauthorised people (Including family and friends) for any reason.
  • It is an offence to possess a shotgun without a current shotgun certificate or a temporary police permit.* except in certain circumstances.
  • It is an offence to give or sell a shotgun to someone who is not authorised to possess it.
  • When acquiring a shotgun, you must inform the police force which issued your certificate. If you give or sell a shotgun to anyone (or lend a gun for more than 72 hours) you must enter it on the other person’s certificate and also notify the police force which issued your own certificate within seven days.
  • A certificate holder may borrow a shotgun from another for 72 hours or less without notifying the police, or entering the details onto the borrower’s certificate. However you MUST make sure you have sight of their certificate. Do you know they are a current and valid certificate holder?
  • You are responsible for the security of any shotgun(s) in your possession at all times.
  • When not in use, shotguns must be stored securely, in order to prevent – so far as is reasonably practicable – access by unauthorised persons. When in use, reasonable precautions must be taken for their safe custody.
  • It is an offence to sell or hire a shotgun to someone under 18 years of age.
  • It is an offence for a person under the age of 15 to have with him or her, an assembled shotgun except while under the supervision of a person of 21 years old or more, or while the shotgun is so covered with a securely fastened gun cover that it cannot be fired.
  • A non-certificate holder may only borrow a shotgun under the statutory exemptions. This is typically under s11A of the Firearms Act 1968. This allows an authorised person to lend a shotgun to a non-certificate holder to use on private premises in the presence of the authorised person: or; at a clay pigeon shoot where the chief constable has approved the time and place for the shooting of artificial targets under s11(6) of the Firearms Act 1968.