Q315: Can a person who has been to prison get a firearm certificate?
It depends on the total custodial sentence that the person has received.
- If the person has been sentenced to a total of 3 years or more in prison , corrective training or youth custody/detention they are prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition of any kind for life.
- If a person has been sentenced (including a suspended sentence) to more than 3 months but less than 3 years imprisonment, youth custody/detention or a secure training order, they are prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition of any kind for a period of five years from the date of their release.
- Anyone released on licence under section 53 of the Children and Young Persons Act 1933 is prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition whilst holding the licence.
- Anyone who is subject to a recognizance to keep the peace or to be of good behaviour or is subject to a community order which prohibits the possession of a firearm shall not have a firearm or ammunition in their possession during that time.