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Policing and Crime Act 2017 - New Provision taking effect from April 2018

Below you will find details of the new provision of the Policing and Crime Act 2017 which comes into force in April 2018.

The Policing and Crime Act 2017 came into effect in May 2017, but not all the provisions relating to firearms were implemented from that date, with some being delayed.

In April 2018, another provision goes live, which will have a direct impact, for both Certificate holders and for Registered Firearms Dealers. 

Where firearm and shotgun certificate holders have applied to renew certificates in excess of 8 weeks prior to the expiry of their current certificate, and the Police are unable to process the application in time, the certificate holder will automatically be granted a certificate extension of 8 weeks.  A letter will be issued by the Licensing Manager confirming that the extension is in place and this will entitle them to buy and sell weapons and ammunition as normal during this 8 week period.  It will also contain an expiry date after which the letter will become invalid.

Clearly this provision will not apply to anyone who has not applied in time (i.e. more than 8 weeks prior to the current certificate expiry date) and therefore no such letter will be issued.  If the Police are unable to process the application in time, in this circumstance, the certificate holder will be asked to lodge their weapons either with a Registered Firearms Dealer or with another suitable Certificate holder.

Should you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us via email on or by telephone on 01905 727547 between 8.30am and 4.30pm.