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Firearms and Explosives Licensing

There is a current waiting period of 16 weeks

About Us

The primary objective of South Wales Police Firearms and Explosives Licensing Department is to protect the public from harm. In addition, we have a duty of care to protect the wider community from firearms misuse by preventing unsuitable people from possessing firearms licences. This is an ethos to which we adhere, and necessitates us carrying out in depth vetting and risk assessments, which often makes this a time consuming process.

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Contact Us

  • All completed forms can be to sent to us by e-mail or post.
  • E-mail: (preferred contact method, we aim to respond to all emails within 3 working days)
  • Address: Firearms & Explosives Licensing Department, South Wales Police Headquarters, Cowbridge Road, Bridgend, CF31 3SU
  • Telephone: 01656 869244

Once a completed application has been received at the Firearms Licensing Department, your payment will be processed and the application forwarded to a Firearms Enquiry Officer for allocation.
You should expect to have initial contact within 5 weeks of receipt of your completed application, if not, please e-mail:

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