We are aware of a number of social media posts circulating which may identify potential victims of sexual offences in connection with the live investigation into Reynhard Sinaga.
We would like to stress that under the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 2000, victims of sexual offences have a lifelong right to anonymity and therefore any post which identifies victims of sexual offences constitutes a criminal offence. Additionally these posts risk jeopardising an ongoing investigation into serious crime.
Please be mindful when sharing any social media posts.
How to apply for a firearm, shotgun or explosives certificate
Find out below how to apply for or renew a firearm, shotgun or explosives certificate. Whether you’re a firearm owner, firearm dealer, shooting club member or planning to travel with firearms, answer a few quick questions and we’ll guide you to the right form and everything you need to complete it.
Renew a firearm certificate and apply for a new shotgun certificate
How do I apply?
There are now two ways you can apply; online or by post.
Whichever one you choose you will need to have read the guidance notes before making your application. You can find those here.
How much does it cost?
It costs £90.
Please note: If you apply online your payment will also be an online payment, we can't accept cheques with an online application.
How long does it take?
It can take up to 20 weeks to grant a new certificate.
This is dependent on the application being complete. If the FAL team have to contact you to follow up on anything then your application could take longer to process.
What you'll need to apply (either by post or online)
You'll need the following to complete your application; it's probably a good idea to have them to hand before you start your application.
Your details, including:
work contact details (if not unemployed or retired)
previous addresses if you haven’t lived at your current address for more than five years
details of any relevant conditions you have which need to be disclosed (you’ll find a list of those in the guidance notes here)
your GP or practice address, postcode and phone number
previous GP or practice information if you haven’t been registered with your current GP or practice for ten years or more
if, during the last ten years, there have been times when you haven’t been registered with a GP or practice in the UK, we’ll need to know about this and will ask why this was and if there is any information you can give us about this, for example if you’re in the armed services and were posted abroad
Details about any offences or written cautions (including speeding but not parking offences or fixed penalty notices):
details of the offence, including the date (month and year)
You can find out about your conviction history by making a Subject Access Request to ACRO.
Details about the firearm(s), shotgun(s) and ammunition you own and intend to acquire:
calibre, type and reason for having the firearm(s)
calibre and quantity of ammunition
security arrangements - how and where the firearm(s) and shotgun(s) will be stored, whether the arrangements are shared (and, if they are, the details of who they are shared with)
The details of two referees you've known for more than two years, including:
their date and place of birth
Please note: referees can't be a member of your family, a serving police officer or staff, or a registered firearms dealer.
one passport-style photo which is no larger than 1MB in size and is a .jpg/.jpeg
credit or debit card details to make your online payment
Please note: It’s an offence under section 28A(7) of the Firearms Act to knowingly or recklessly make a false statement for the purpose of procuring the grant or renewal of a certificate, the maximum penalty for which is six months’ imprisonment and/or a fine.