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The Firearms and Explosives Licensing Department's main function is to administer the Firearms Acts 1968-1997 as amended, and the Explosives Regulations 2014. This means that the department is concerned with public safety in relation to the private ownership of firearms, shotguns and explosives.   

Contact details:
Firearms and Explosives Licensing
Unit 1
Whitehouse Industrial Park
Traynor Way
County Durham
SR8 2RT 

Email address:
This email account is monitored between 8am and 4pm Monday to Friday. This email address should not be used for any message that might require an emergency response. 

Telephone numbers:
Call 0191 375 2240 or 0191 375 2542.
In an emergency, always dial 999.

Firearms licensing opening hours:
Telephone enquires between 9am to 11am Monday to Friday.


Antique firearms – action required before September 22, 2021 

Did you know what the law on antique firearms has changed? Some firearms that could previously be possessed without a firearm certificate as an antique are now subject to licensing. 

Owners of such firearms have until September 22, 2021 to apply to the police for a firearms certificate if they wish to keep them. 

Alternatively, they can surrender, sell or otherwise dispose of their firearm before September 22, 2021. 

Further information about the antique firearms affected by the Antique Firearms Regulations on 2021, and the options for owners, can be found on