Circular 014/2018: Limited extension of validity of firearm and shotgun certificates

This circular details the commencement arrangements for a firearms provision in the Policing and Crime Act 2017 which comes into force on 17 April 2018.



  • broad subject: police service
  • sub category: firearms control
  • from: Crime, Policing and Fire Group (CPFG) – Policing Directorate
  • unit: Tackling Crime Unit
  • date for implementation: 17 April 2018
  • for more information contact:

This circular is addressed to:

  • Lord Chief Justice
  • justices of the Supreme Court
  • senior presiding judge
  • High Court judges
  • presiding judges
  • resident judges
  • Crown Court judges
  • district judges (magistrates’ courts)
  • chairmen of the justices
  • Director of Public Prosecutions
  • HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary
  • chief officers of police in England and Wales
  • chief officers of police in Scotland
  • Department of Justice, Northern Ireland
  • Director General of the National Crime Agency
  • police and crime commissioners in England and Wales
  • Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime
  • College of Policing
  • HM Revenue and Customs
  • chief crown prosecutors
  • Attorney General’s Office

Copies of this circular go to:

  • Council of Circuit Judges
  • Magistrates’ Association
  • Association of District Judges
  • Justices’ Clerks’ Society
  • National Police Chiefs Council
  • Association of Police and Crime Commissioners
Published 5 April 2018
Last updated 10 April 2018 + show all updates
  1. Circular's originating directorate corrected and contact point updated.
  2. First published.