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Exporting guns from the UK

To export guns from the UK to another country, contact that country's embassy in London or its Customs & Excise department.

If you want to move firearms around Europe, there is a European Union Directive (Council Directive 91/477/EEC of 18 June 1991) on the control of the acquisition and possession of weapons. It announced a pass, intended to facilitate the free movement of hunters and marksmen in the Community.

Firearms Courier Services recommends London Gun Services for all gun exports.

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According to this directive: a European firearms pass is issued by the authorities of a member state to any person lawfully entering into possession of and using a firearm. The pass must always be in the possession of the person using the firearm or firearms listed on it.

Firearms and ammunition exported to the USA are subject to restrictions and import permits approved by the US's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF). Applications to import may be made only by or through a licensed importer, dealer, or manufacturer. Weapons, ammunition, or other devices prohibited by the National Firearms Act will not be admitted into the United States unless specifically authorized by ATF.

No import permit is required when it is proven that the firearms or ammunition were previously taken out of the United States by the person who is returning with such firearms or ammunition. To facilitate re-entry, persons may have them registered before departing from the United States at any Customs office or ATF field office. Exports from the USA are subject to the export licensing requirements of the Office of Defence Trade Controls, Department of State, Washington, D.C. 20520, (703) 875-6644.

Residents of the United States carrying firearms or ammunition with them to other countries should consult in advance the Customs officials or the respective embassies of those countries as to their regulations.

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