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Firearms and Explosives Licensing Unit

About Us

We believe that public protection is our number one priority. With this in mind, significant steps have been taken to update and modernise our system, moving from paper based to electronic. However, as with all fundamental changes it is not something that happens overnight.

Our dedicated staff work as quickly as possible to meet the very high volume of work coming into them, however applications and renewals are unfortunately experiencing a 6-12 month waiting time. We can confidently say that this waiting period will be reduced in the coming months.

We fully appreciate that this is not convenient or desirable for many people and we understand that a delay for some will be frustrating. However, our primary responsibility to reduce public risk, ensure public safety and to make sure that that every request that comes into us is met with the highest level of scrutiny and professionalism.

We thank you for your patience and understanding.