There are two definitions of ‘semi-automatic’ shotgun in the EU prohibited category A.
- ‘long firearms’ which allow the firing of more than 11 rounds without reloading, and;
- ‘short firearms’ of less than 60cm in length overall allowing the firing of more than 21 rounds without reloading whether the magazine is integral or detachable.
UK law already prohibits shotguns (regardless of loading mechanism) that have a barrel less than 24 inches (60.96cm) in length or is less than 40 inches (101.6cm) in length overall. As such, the EU definition of ‘short firearm’ does not apply to the UK. UK law will be amended so ‘long’ semi automatic shotguns as defined in 1 above will become prohibited. Only ‘long’ shotguns falling into category B with an overall maximum capacity of 11 shots may be owned by UK citizens for pest control. (see also 6 below).
Therefore; Section 1 shotguns with a magazine capacity exceeding 10 rounds are permitted under the following conditions;
“(a) a satisfactory assessment of relevant information arising from the application of Article 5(2) (i.e. they are medically fit);
(b) provision of proof that the target shooter concerned is actively practising for or participating in shooting competitions recognised by an officially recognised shooting sports organisation of the Member State concerned or by an internationally established and officially recognised shooting sport federation; and
(c) provision of a certificate from an officially recognised shooting sports organisation confirming that:
(i) the target shooter is a member of a shooting club and has been regularly practising target shooting in it for at least 12 months, and
(ii) the firearm in question fulfils the specifications required for a shooting discipline recognised by an internationally established and officially recognised shooting sport federation.”