Changes to the Law - Antique Firearms

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Information notice: Changes to the Law


Antique Firearms - 22 March 2021


Some firearms that were previously classified as antique and did not need a licence no longer qualify.

By 11.59pm on 21 September 2021 you must have a licence to own one of these firearms, or you must legally dispose of it:

  • 320 British (also known as .320 Revolver CF, short or long)
  • .41 Colt (short or long)
  • .44 Smith and Wesson Russian
  • .442 Revolver (also known as .44 Webley)
  • 4mm Dutch Revolver
  • 6mm German Ordnance Revolver
  • 11mm French Ordnance Revolver M1873 (Army)


If you have any queries regarding your antique firearms please email us Contact Us, or you can download an application form - Application for a certificate


Further details can be found here Gov.UK Opens in new window


Firearms Licensing Officer
Devon & Cornwall Police, Firearms & Explosives Licensing Department
Police Headquarters
Middlemoor, Exeter

Tel: 01392 225650

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