Arms items can only be recorded in the Registry once, against a single firearms licence. This includes firearms owned by an organisation or business.
If you share possession of a firearm – for example, with a family member who lives at the same address – the person who uses it most should register it. If your organisation or business has arms items, they should be registered by the licence holder responsible for them. If you have multiple arms items, they can be registered by different licence holders.
If you’re responsible for an arms item on behalf of a shooting club or range, you’re also responsible for recording it in the Registry.
If you supply an arms item registered to you to another licence holder, you are responsible for checking that their firearms licence is current. You may also be required to transfer possession in the Registry if it will be in their possession for 30 days or more, or the arms item requires a permit to possess.
Once an arms item is in another licence holder’s possession, that person is then responsible for meeting their obligations under the Arms Act 1983, regardless of who has registered it.
If your business has employees who use firearms for work purposes, you will also have responsibilities under the Health and Safety at Work Act.
How to transfer possession in the Registry