Shotgun revocation

Due to the rise in shotguns used in crimes, shotgun certificates were introduced in 1968. Firearms rules regulating applications for shotgun certificates came into force in September 1998.

If the Chief Officer of Police for an area decides that a license holder is prohibited by the Act from possessing a shotgun, or cannot be permitted to possess a shotgun without danger to the public safety or to the peace, the license can be revoked.

Furthermore, a Chief Officer must revoke a certificate held by a person who has become prohibited under the terms of section 21 of the 1968 Act. Forces will be expected to give reasons for their decisions to revoke a shotgun certificate. The courts also have the power under section 52(1) of the Act to cancel certificates.

If you believe you have been unfairly categorised, revocation can be appealed at Court.

If this applies to you, or you would like assistance with applying for a shotgun or firearms licence, contact our experts on 01472 262626 or email us at firearms@wilkinchapman.co.uk

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