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Firearms Licence Appeals

Firearms in the UK are tightly controlled. Almost all firearms, with a few exceptions, must be licensed. Licences, known as Firearm Certificates (FAC) are issued by the Police. When the Police believe that the holder of the licence is no longer suitable to have a firearm in his / her possession, the certificate will be revoked. In these circumstances, expert legal advice should be obtained as soon as possible.

How can I lose my firearms licence?

A firearms certificate can be immediately revoked if:

  • The holder is of intemperate habits or unsound mind or otherwise unfit to be entrusted with a firearm (firearms licence only)
  • The holder can no longer be permitted to hold a firearm or shotgun without danger to the public safety or the peace (firearm or shotgun licence)
  • Being of intemperate habits simply means having a lack of self-control. Usually, it will be a pattern of behaviour that causes concern but there will also be cases where one-off incidents will bring into question the fitness/unsuitability of somebody to possess firearms.


If you do not agree with the decision of the Police your appeal must be lodged with the  Court within 21 days of receipt of the revocation or refusal decision. If you wish to appeal a revocation of your Firearms Licence, contact us immediately. Even where revocation has already taken place, we may, through written negotiation with the Police, be able to persuade them to reconsider their decision, thereby avoiding the costly and stressful process of an appeal to the Crown Court.

Our lawyers are experienced in all aspects of criminal law and can bring that experience to your aid in preserving your licence. Often we can achieve a positive review of the decision by making representations on your behalf, but you also have the option of appeal to the Crown Court. We will advise you throughout appeal proceedings and act on your behalf.


There is no legal aid to fund firearms certificate matters. We can therefore only act for you on a privately funded basis. Please contact us to discuss our competitive fixed fees.

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If you are facing issues with your firearms licence, we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide you with legal advice and assistance. Call our 24/7 helpline on (0333) 016 3333.

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