The Sportsmans Association of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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The Sportsmans Association exists to fight for fair firearms legislation in the UK.

General Licences

Please continue to monitor the websites

Wild Justice are continuing to challenge General Licences resulting in changes to the licences throughout UK

A public consultation by DEFRA was promised but so far has not been announced.

Defra General Licences can be contacted on 0330 159 1986 or

Firearms Consultations

The International Environment Minister Zac Goldsmith has launched a consultation and a call for evidence to gather views and expert evidence on trophy hunting, to end on 25/1/2020.

“The Queen’s Speech set out our (the governments) commitments to protecting and improving the environment for future generations, which included bringing forward proposals to ban imports from trophy hunting. We are now seeking your input on this topic. As well as consulting on future policy options, we are also issuing a call for evidence on the scale and impacts of the import and export of hunting trophies.”

The House of Commons debate on trophy hunting may be found at

A consultation on statutory guidance when applying/renewing firearms licence’s has now finished. The results should be published on the following link.

The Air Weapons consultation of 2017 still has not been published, but is expected once a review of Air Weapons safety has been completed, as agreed during the Offensive Weapons Bill.


The latest from the government as of 30/10/19

European firearms requirements if there’s no Brexit deal

Updated 30 October 2019

UK residents who want to travel to the EU with their firearms or shotguns will no longer be able to apply for a European Firearms Pass (EFP) if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

Instead, you should check the firearms licensing requirements of the EU country you’re travelling to, ahead of travelling. These requirements will also apply if you will be in an EU country with your firearm, covered by a EFP, when we leave the EU.

Visitor’s permits

You should continue to apply to your local UK police force for a visitor’s permit if you’re sponsoring an EU visitor who is bringing a firearm to the UK. Permits issued before the UK leaves the EU will remain valid until they expire.

EFPs will not be recognised for EU visitors to the UK and sponsors will no longer be required to show a valid EFP.


The House of Commons Home Affairs Committee sought evidence for its Inquiry into Home Office Preparations for Brexit. The BSSC Secretary prepared a report detailing the value of the European Firearms Pass to the shooting community. The number of EFPs on issue was outlined, as well as the importance of the EFP as a travel document for UK shooters and a simple means of verification by the police of visiting shooters in respect of the issuing of British Visitor Permits. The implications of the loss of the EFP in the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit were considered, with the likelihood that UK travelling shooters would have to comply with a variety of documentation procedures required by countries that they were visiting or travelling through, instead of being able to present a single international pass. Acknowledging the possibility that EU citizens would be less likely to shoot in the UK, the report included economic data on the value of country sports to remoter rural communities in Scotland, where shooting and deer stalking are particularly important to the local economy. It was argued that, since several non-EU countries operate the EFP, there would in fact be no need for the UK to drop the EFP after Brexit.


BSSC – British Shooting Sports Council – Constituent Associations: APSI, BASC, CPSA, CA, DWA, FCSA, GTA, HBSA, ICSI, MLAGB, NRA, NSRA, PSRA, SAGBNI, UKPSA.

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Sportsmans Association of Great Britain & Northern Ireland

PO Box 2379




Office: ‭07521 508076


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