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Shotgun Information

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What is a Shotgun?

A Shotgun is a smooth-bore gun (not being an air gun) which (a) has a barrel not less than 60.96cms (24 inches) in length and does not have any barrel with a bore exceeding 5.08cm (2 inches) in diameter. (b) either has no magazine or has a non-detachable magazine incapable of holding more than two cartridges; and (c) is not a revolver gun. Shotguns not within this definition require a firearm certificate.

How do I obtain a Certificate?

You can download the application form for the Grant or Renewal of a Firearm and/or Shotgun certificate from this site.

Completing the Application Form

The application should be completed in ink using block capitals (except when signing) including details of any previous convictions or medical conditions.

Previous Convictions

You must list any previous convictions on your application including motoring offences, convictions in a place outside Great Britain and by virtue of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1977 (Exception Orders 1975) convictions, which are spent under the Act. Both a Conditional Discharge and Absolute Discharge count as convictions for this purpose.

It is a Criminal Offence under Sec.28a (7) of the Firearms Act 1968-97 to make a false declaration when answering this question.


Four identical photographs of you are required with the application. The photographs should show you full face and without a hat and must bear a current likeness. The size of the photographs should be 45mm x 35mm and printed on normal thin photographic paper. They should be unmounted. One photograph must be signed by you in ink on the back with your usual signature.


The referee who has agreed to act for you must have known you personally for at least two years and must be resident in Great Britain. Referees must not be a member of your family, a registered firearms dealer, a serving police officer or police employee. Referees must be of good character and references must be given freely and not on payment.


At present it costs £79.50 for the grant of a shotgun certificate or £49 to renew an existing one. If you are applying for the grant or renewal of a Firearms Certificate and wish the Shotgun Certificate to expire on the same date (co-terminous) then there is an additional fee. Cheques should be made payable to The Police and Crime Commissioner for Northamptonshire, this can be abbreviated to 'PCC Northants'. The Certificates last for five years.

Gun Cabinet

The Shotgun when not in use should be stored in an approved gun cabinet, which conforms to BS 7558. The cabinet should be secured to a sound surface and preferably in a concealed place and not clearly visible from outside the property. Other methods of securing the Shotgun may be acceptable but only after examination by the Firearms Enquiry Officer.


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