The Firearms & Explosives Licensing Department is located at Police Headquarters, Bridgend.

The department’s main function is to administer the Firearms Acts 1968-1997 (as amended) and the Explosives Regulations 2014. The department is concerned with public safety in relation to the private ownership of firearms, shot guns and explosives.

The department is open for telephone enquiries from Monday to Thursday from 8.30 pm – 5.00pm & Friday from 8.30am – 4.30pm

Contact Information:

Firearms & Explosives Licensing Department,

Police Headquarters,

Cowbridge Road,


CF31 3SU

Telephone: 01656 869244

Fax: 01656 869429


Useful information/guides:

firearms-security-handbook.pdf (403 downloads )


security_leaflet.pdf (313 downloads )


Guidance_on_Firearms_Licensing_Law.pdf (522 downloads )


National Statistics – Firearms and Shotgun Certificates In England & Wales is available from