Changes to the Law - Antique Firearms

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Information notice: Changes to the Law


Antique Firearms 


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

On 22 September 2021 the law changed and now 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 or apply online in the  - Application form section


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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