Firearms Legislation & RFD Compliance

Under UK law we are unable to supply guns and ammunition via the internet or mail order directly to your home or place of work. We offer a face to face sales and delivery service for local customers (please email us for more information about this service info@thehuntingedge.co.uk ) or we can have your order sent via Secure Courier to your nominated local Registered Firearms Dealer (RFD).  We offer our service to contact an RFD in your area and make the necessary arrangements on your behalf. The receiving/nominated RFD may charge the customer for this service.

The sale of guns and ammunition will require you to provide either your firearms certificate and/or your shotgun certificate for us to (or the receiving/nominated RFD) to record the details of your purchase and inform your local Police Firearms Licensing Department.

Anyone in possession of a gun in Britain must have the correct permit. There are essentially four variations.

  • The Firearm Certificate – this is issued to U.K. residents, covering rifles and/or airguns over 12lb/ft. This certificate will list the firearm(s) possessed, and those allowed to be purchased or acquired, together with the quantity of ammunition that may be held, purchased or acquired. There may also be strict limitations on exactly where the firearm(s) may be used. This certificate will not entitle the holder to purchase automatic, semi-automatic (other than .22 rimfire), or pump-action (other than .22 rimfire) rifles. Any air rifle with a muzzle energy greater than 12 ft/lbs, or air pistol greater than 6 ft/lbs, may not be purchased unless you possess a Firearms Certificate authorizing you to do so. Handguns are now effectively banned.
  • The Shotgun Certificate – will show the names and serial numbers of any shotguns possessed. There are currently no restrictions on the acquisition of shotguns, providing the details of any transaction are noted on the certificate, and the issuing police force informed. It is necessary to produce your certificate when purchasing cartridges. For the purposes of the certificate, a shotgun is defined as a smoothbore gun, with barrel(s) at least 24″ (610mm) long. Semi-automatics must have a magazine capacity of no more than two shots: this must be a permanent restriction, verified by either the London or Birmingham Proof Houses.
  • The Visitors Firearm Permit – will show the make and serial number of any firearm that a visitor to Britain is permitted to bring in to the country with them, or borrow whilst here. It is not possible to purchase a firearm with a Visitors Permit, but ammunition may be acquired if such authorisation is shown. Limitations on the type of firearm that you import are the same as for U.K. residents; and restrictions will apply as to where the firearm may be used.

The Visitors Shotgun Permit – lists any shotguns that the visitor may bring into the country. These shotguns are defined as for the U.K. resident; therefore it is extremely unlikely that any semi-automatic will qualify, unless it has already been to Britain, and been approved by the Proof House. Any visitor wishing to purchase or acquire a shotgun whilst in Britain, must ensure that the police force issuing the permit put the necessary “authority to purchase” on that permit, which must also be produced when purchasing cartridges.


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