Amendment to the Firearms Rules 1998

This is to inform you about the following amendment to the Firearms Rules 1998 in relation to lost and stolen firearms. From the 16th October 2018, the Firearm and Shotgun Certificate conditions will change. The current wording of the firearm condition is as follows:

The holder of this certificate must inform the Chief Officer of Police by whom the certificate was granted within 7 days of the theft, loss or destruction in Great Britain of the certificate and/or the theft, loss, deactivation or destruction of any firearms and/or the theft or loss of ammunition to which this certificate relates.

The new wording will be:

The holder of this certificate must inform the Chief Officer of Police by whom the certificate was granted as soon as reasonably practicable, but within 7 days of the theft, loss or destruction in Great Britain of the certificate and/or the theft, loss, deactivation or destruction of any firearms and/or the theft or loss of ammunition to which this certificate relates.

The same addition of the words ‘as soon as reasonably practicable’ will apply to the shotgun certificate from 16th October. This new wording is being introduced to ensure that lost or stolen firearms or ammunition are reported as swiftly as possible to the police. The amendment is being brought into effect through a change to the statutory conditions contained in every firearm or shotgun certificate, and will apply in England, Wales and Scotland.

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