Thurnscoe Rifle Club

FAC's & Applications

To posses and use firearms in the UK you need to hold a Firearms Certificate. The basic criteria required to hold a FAC is that you must have good reason for owning the particular firearm required and that you must have somewhere to use it.

In the case of target shooting both these requirerments are met by being a full member of a home office approved club that takes part in shooting disciplines for which the type of firearm applied for is used.

This is not a speedy process. Any person wishing to take up target shooting as a sport will first need to apply to a club for probationary membership. They will need to inform the relevant police force for thier area of their application via a form. The police will then conduct a series of checks and contact the club secretary and authorise the applicant if suitable. The applicant may not attend the club and be in the presence of firearms until this has been recieved

In the case of  Thurnscoe Rifle Club the next stage is to attend a safety induction to instruct in basic firearms handling and safety. Once this has been sucssefully completed the applicant may then shoot using the club rifles. A six month probationary period must then be servred during which time the applicant will be assesed. If suitable the applicant will then be considered for full membership and if succesful will be supported in their application for a Firearm Certificate.

Once issued a certificate will normally last for five years after which time it will need to be renewed.

 

 To download the application and referee forms use the South Yorkshire Police web site address below:

www.southyorks.police.uk/requestinginformation/firearmslicensing/apply

 This site also lists the current charges and fee's for specific applications.

 

 

Below are some FAQ's regarding Firearms Certificate applications:

Who do I make cheques payable to?

South Yorkshire Police

Where do I send my application to?

Our address is:

Firearms Licensing Department
Unit 1,
Europa Court
Sheffield Business Park
Europa Link
Sheffield
S9 1XE

What is a prohibited person?

A person who has been sentenced to imprisonment, detention or corrective training for a term of three years or more, is permanently prohibited from having any firearms or ammunition in their possession. This means for life and includes all firearms, even air weapons.

A person sentenced to imprisonment, detention or corrective training for a period of over three months but less than three years is prohibited form possessing firearms and ammunition for five years from date of release.

It is an offence to sell or transfer firearms and ammunition to a person you have grounds to believe may be prohibited.

Do I need to declare previous convictions?

Yes, including all cautions, traffic convictions and any convictions received abroad.

What do I do if I move house?

Inform the Firearms Licensing Department in writing detailing your new address and any new phone numbers. Include your certificate in order that it can be updated. A security check may need to be carried out. For any change of address out of the South Yorkshire Police force area your file will be transferred to the relevant police force’s licensing department.

What do I do if I lose my certificate?

Report the loss to a local police station and inform the Firearms Licensing Department in writing detailing the reference number which will be given to you at the local police station. A fee of £8 is required for a new shotgun certificate and £9 for a firearm certificate. 

Can I use my Firearms or Shotgun Certificate as a form of identification?

A number of organisations notably banks/building societies and phone companies include Firearm and Shotgun Certificates as acceptable identification. However this has obvious security implications and certificate holders would be well advised to refrain from using their certificates for anything other than their intended purpose.

What is a ˜one-for-one" variation?

A "one-for-one" variation is a variation of a Firearms Certificate whereby an authority is added to replace a weapon which has been disposed of. This type of variation is free of charge. To qualify you must submit a variation application form within seven days of the disposal of the firearm.

If you wish to increase the number of weapons held on your certificate the fee for the variation is £26.

How long does the application process take?

Every effort will be made to ensure each application is processed within eight to 12 weeks of a correctly completed application being received.

Please click on the file links below to download a Firearms Application Form, a guide to age limits and a current charge list for applications and renewals.

Age Limits as of Jan 09

Firearms Licensing - age limits

Type of weapon

Under 14

14

15/16

17

18

Section 1 Firearms.

Purchase or hire firearm or ammunition.

NO

NO

NO

YES

YES

Be given or lent a firearm or ammunition.

NO

YES

YES

YES

YES

Carry (but not use) a firearm or ammunition if accompanied by the owner.

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

Use at an approved shooting gallery or as a club or cadet corps member.

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shotguns.

Purchase or hire a shotgun or ammunition.

NO

NO

NO

YES

YES

Be given a shotgun.

NO

NO

YES

YES

YES

Be lent a shotgun.

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

Use a shotgun under supervision.

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

Use a shotgun unsupervised.

NO

NO

YES

YES

YES

Carry a shotgun in a secure case in a public place.

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

 

 

 

 

 

 

Air weapons.

Purchase or hire an air weapon or ammunition.

NO

NO

NO

NO

YES

Be given or lent an air weapon or ammunition.

NO

NO

NO

NO

YES

Possess an air weapon in a public place.

NO

NO

NO

NO

YES

Carry an air rifle (but not an air pistol) in a secure case in a public place.

NO

NO

NO

NO

YES

Use an air weapon on an approved range or private property under supervision.

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

Notes.

<!Supervision means under the immediate supervision of a person aged 21 or over.

<!Certificate holders under the age of 18 may only use a firearm or shotgun for any or all of the following:

<!As a slaughtering instrument.

<!For a sporting purpose.

<!   For shooting vermin, or in conjunction with the management of an estate, other wildlife.

<!Target shooting, including competition.