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Firearms, shotguns and explosives licensing


Nottinghamshire Police have unfortunately taken the difficult decision not to accept any new applications for the grant of either firearm, shotgun or explosives certificates between the 1st October and 31st December 2020. Neither can we accept any requests for the Variation of Firearms certificates during this time. We realise this will not be a popular decision and one which has not been taken lightly.

The rationale being there is already an existing back log of grant applications due to the unprecedented times we continue to face through Covid-19. Additionally the department is entering a period of high demand in relation to existing certificate holders requiring their renewal applications processing.

Changes to Firearms and Shotgun Certificate applications from 1 April 2020

Nottinghamshire Police will accept an application for the renewal of a firearm or shotgun certificate without first submitting a medical verification form or report, if your GP is not able to provide this at this time. A report will still be required in the near future when your GP Surgeries return to business as usual.

More information about how these changes affect your application are available on the Firearms, shotguns and explosives licensing web page, along with a template for requesting for this information from your GP.

Important notice

  • If you believe a firearm has been used to commit a criminal offence, please call 999 immediately.
  • If you believe someone you know may possess a firearm without proper authorisation, please call Nottinghamshire Police using the non-emergency 101 number.

Firearms, shotguns and explosives licensing