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Issuing European Firearms Passes if there's no Brexit deal

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The Home Office are working on preparations for the UKs exit from the EU on 29 March.  Leaving the EU with a deal remains the Government’s top priority. This has not changed.

However, a responsible government must plan for every eventuality, including a no deal scenario. In September the Home Office issued guidance for travelling with a European Firearms Pass if there’s no Brexit deal, so people could make informed plans and preparations.

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, European Firearms Passes (EFPs) would no longer be valid for UK residents travelling to the EU, or for EU residents travelling to the UK, with their firearm or shotgun.  The changes would mean UK police forces would no longer issue EFPs to UK residents who are wishing to travel to the EU with their firearm.

Sponsors of EU visitors with firearms would still have to apply to their local police force for a Visitor’s Permit, but it would no longer be a legal requirement to show a valid EFP as part of this process. The police will continue to assess an applicant’s fitness to hold a firearm as part of their consideration of the Visitor’s Permit application, so current firearm controls will not be weakened.

Apart from changes to EFPs, the UK’s domestic firearms licensing arrangements will not be affected by leaving the EU.

What this means for UK residents

UK residents travelling to, or due to be in, an EU country with their firearm after 29 March will need to check licensing requirements with the country they’re travelling to. This is particularly important for anyone taking part in competitions or events shortly after we leave the EU.

Countries may have varying lead times for applying for licenses, so we are advising that people consider checking requirements now. Without the proper licenses, people may not be allowed to travel with firearms.

What this means for EU residents

EFPs would no longer be recognised for EU visitors to the UK. Their sponsors will apply for a Visitor’s Permit like now, but will not need to show a valid EFP as part of this process.

If police forces receive any enquiries or applications from UK residents for EFPs, they can direct people to further information on GOV.UK.