Firearms licensing is also a part of the St Helena Police Directorate. This consists of one Firearms Licensing officer, Gary Henry, who also manages the Police Directorate Armoury and procurement.

The importance of having to license your firearm is so that the Police have more control over who is able to own a firearm, and that criminal checks can be carried out thoroughly so that firearm’s do not fall into the wrong hands.

How do you complete the application form?

  • The application should be completed in INK using block capitals (except where a signature is required)
  • You will need to complete a separate application for shotguns and firearm, you cannot have both types of weapons on the same application
  • You will need to give your full particulars including your marital status and full details of all who is living at the address or who will come into contact with the firearm
  • You will need to give previous addresses in the last five year which includes addresses overseas
  • You will need to give employment details and occupation
  • You will be asked about your medical condition and for you to give permission for Police to check your medical history
  • You must include any and all convictions and cautions, no matter how long ago they occurred, including those that may be considered ‘spent’ under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. You must also disclose any matters that are pending i.e. investigations or court matters
  • Questions relating to having a good reason to hold a firearm or shotgun certificate, which includes the frequency you use the weapon
  • You must state where you intend to use the firearms or shotgun. A risk assessment will be carried out on any land you propose to shoot. You will also be required to provide two referees of good character who are not family members
  • Please ensure you provide a current email, phone number/mobile number in order for us to contact you
  • Always answer truthfully, if you do not understand a question, ask the Firearms Enquiry Officer for clarification
  • A guidance to complete the application is available to assist in the completing of the application

Please note any false declaration you may lead to criminal proceedings being brought against you.

Firearms Application