12 October 2020

Is your firearms licence due to expire within the next 4 months?

If you wish to reapply we urge you to make application immediately to ensure the application can be processed before your current licence expires. This extra time is needed for Police as we deal with the COVID19 related back log of applications. Staffing numbers have been increased to reduce the backlog. Nevertheless, to avoid the risk of having to store your firearms elsewhere it is recommended you apply four months before your ten year licence is due to expire.

Priority is being given to licence renewals, as well as those who need a licence for work. If you need a licence for work, please note this on your application form and speak to your local arms officer.

Did your firearms licence expire between 8 June 2020 and 25 September?

The 4 month COVID extension applies to any one whose licence expired between 8 June to 25 September 2020. To get this extension you must have made application for your licence no more than 4 months after your licence expired. That is, if your licence expires on 8 July 2020 you must make application by 8 November 2020 etc.


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