Welcome to the web pages for the
Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Firearms Licensing Unit.
The following pages offer advice on
the granting and renewal of firearm and shotgun certificates in
addition to advice on many other aspects relating to the purchase
or possession of firearms, shotguns and explosives.
For general enquiries about the firearms licensing process
(including renewals or cancellations of existing firearm licenses),
please contact the Firearms Licensing Unit on 01707 806126 or you can send
us an email at: BedsandHertsFLU@herts.pnn.police.uk.
Firearms Licensing Manager
Extension to definition of
Prohibited Person under Section 21 Firearms Act 1968
From 14 July 2014, if a person receives a suspended sentence of
three months or more then they will not be able to purchase or
possess a firearm or ammunition for a period of five years from the
second day after sentence. This timescale has been set so that a
person who is in possession of a firearm or ammunition is not in
immediate breach of the law when the sentence is passed and has an
opportunity to make arrangements to transfer or dispose of their
firearm or ammunition.
However, a person who received a suspended sentence before 14 July
and already has a firearm certificate would be able to retain their
firearm and ammunition for the duration of their certificate.
Section 110 makes another amendment to the Firearms Act so that
from 14 July 2014, a person who has served or received a criminal
sentence will not be able to possess an antique firearm. The
prohibition applies to anyone who has served a custodial sentence
of more than three years or has served a custodial sentence, or
received a suspended sentence, of between three months and three
A person to whom this applies and who currently lawfully possesses
an antique firearm will need to dispose of it by 14 July.
The Home Office circular covering this change can be found at
Hertfordshire Firearms Licensing Unit
15 Vaughan Road,