Post Brexit Permits

What will Brexit mean for travelling sportsmen?

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Issues & Events|September 2019

Brexit. Whatever you think of it, you can’t get away from it.

With politicians squabbling over who meant what; and why that means they can now do what they choose, the country is a shambles. With all the focus on leaving the EU, it seems nobody is running the country with any real focus.

However, laws and protocols have to be considered and the firearms industry is going to have to work out the new rules, whatever they may be, when we leave (perhaps as early as October). One issue is the status of current firearms passes and licences for travelling sportsmen.

The following advice has been issued by the Home Office in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

EFPs will not be recognised for EU visitors to the UK...

European Firearms Pass
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.

The firearms licensing department will no longer issue EFP’s post no deal and will not offer any alternative guidance other than it will be for the applicants responsibility to approach the relevant country to ascertain their requirements.

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.

We shall provide updates as we uncover them.


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