Visitor's Shotgun Permits

Visiting the UK to shoot

PLEASE READ THIS IMPORTANT NOTE BEFORE APPLYING FOR A VISITOR'S SHOTGUN PERMIT

Prior to applying for a Visitor's Shotgun Permit, please read the information below as the Police are now strictly adhering to the new Home Office Guide on Firearms Law.

The application form is at the bottom of this page.
 



When applying for a Visitor's Shotgun Permit, please ensure you are allowing a minimum of 8 weeks for your application to be processed. This will allow time for necessary checks to be made before we submit the application.  If you allow less than 8 weeks we cannot guarantee that your Visitor's Shotgun Permit will be issued in time for your visit and you should make alternative arrangements.

This form must be used by persons resident overseas when visiting Great Britain to apply for a Visitor's Shotgun Permit (section 2 firearms, shotguns as defined by UK Law*). Grant of the permit will allow import and use of the listed firearms and/or the acquisition of approved firearms for use and export.  The CPSA will act as the overseas visitor's sponsor for the purposes of making the application.  The CPSA will not sponsor applications for any other type of firearm.

*Firearms to which section 2 applies are shotguns including any smooth bore gun with a barrel length of not less than 60.96cm (24 inches) and a bore of not more than 5.08cm (2 inches) and has a non-detachable magazine holding not more than two cartridges.  Shotguns and any other weapons that do not fall within this description are Section 1 firearms. 

The current cost of a VSP is £40 (excluding CPSA membership and postage).
 


 

A VSP will only be issued for the duration of a particular visit - unless the request for permit lasting ONE YEAR can be justified and proved with a supporting letter.

This letter can include details such as:

  • an itinerary of intended visits for the year
  • invitations to shoot for either competitive or non-competitive events
  • booking confirmations for events and/or accommodation
  • details of shooting history year on year

For further assistance, we have an online template that you can use to generate a standard covering letter by clicking here. Which if necessary, will then email you a PDF that you can upload with your application or you can email it to us via vsp@cpsa.co.uk

 


 

If you are not a member of the CPSA or another recognised national governing body attending an established competition in Great Britain, you will need to apply for CPSA membership before applying for a permit. 

 Please click here to join today [you can then return to this permit application page which will be pre-populated with your membership details].

If you are applying for a permit and have a European Firearms Pass, this needs to be submitted with the application. If you do not have a European Firearms Pass you must send us a copy of one of the following:

  • a current firearms certificate
  • a hunting licence
  • a membership card of a shooting organisation issued in your own country or
  • a letter of good standing from your local Police/Sheriff department. 

Please upload this documentation with your application below.

Alternatively, this can be sent via email to vsp@cpsa.co.uk or by post to The Clay Pigeon Shooting Association Ltd, Edmonton House, National Shooting Centre, Brookwood, Surrey GU24 0NP, England.

If you make additional visits to the UK within the validity of a permit, you MUST notify both the CPSA and Sussex Police of the intended dates of travel and the address of where you will be staying. Failure to do this may result in your shotguns being seized and your permit revoked.

 



CLICK THIS LINK TO COMPLETE THE VSP APPLICATION FORM 

Please ensure you have read all details above before applying.