Deactivation of firearms


We are happy to supply, or deactivate your firearms upon request, we perform all deactivations to the latest standards (EU regulations L65/337 [2018] or the UK regulations [2010] as appropriate) and obtain the appropriate deactivation certificate.

Please note the regulations regarding deactivation are involved, the primary standard is L65/337[2018], however if the firearm is not described within those regulations it then must be deactivated to the UK regulations of 2010.

In all cases we will notify the home office on your behalf if we transfer or deactivate a firearm.


Useful information regarding deactivated firearms

Notification – transfer

A person transferring a deactivated firearm to another person is required in all cases to give notice of the transfer to the Home Office as set out below either before the transfer takes place or, as soon as reasonably practicable after the transfer.
The person transferring the deactivated firearm must send the following information to the Home Office:
  • a description of the deactivated firearm which must include, if known, the make, calibre and serial number of the firearm
  • details of the name and address of:
    • the person giving notice
    • the person to whom the deactivated firearm has been, or will be, transferred
A form is provided for this purpose and is available on GOV.UK – Notification of transfers of a deactivated firearm to the appropriate national authority.
The required information must then be submitted to: or by registered post or recorded delivery to:
Deactivated Firearms Notification
Home Office
Serious Violence Unit
5th Floor, Fry Building
2 Marsham Street
It is an offence under regulation 2(1) of the Firearms Regulations 2019 if a person transfers a deactivated firearm to another person and does not give notice of the transfer. A person guilty of this offence is liable to a fine of up to £200.

Notification – possession

A person in possession of a deactivated firearm commits an offence unless they have given notice of the deactivated firearm to the Home Office.
(Or, where the deactivated firearm has been transferred to the person, the transfer has already been notified by the person transferring it.) 
Notice, where required, must be given on or before the day on which the person first possesses the deactivated firearm or, as soon as reasonably practicable after that date.  The appropriate form and address to which it should be sent are identical to those provided above.  
Where a deactivated firearm has been transferred and the person who transferred the firearm did not notify the Home Office of the transfer, the person acquiring the firearm should instead notify.
Where a person came into possession of a deactivated firearm before 14 September 2018, they will need to notify the Home Office of their possession of a deactivated firearm.

Notes Regarding deactivation:

Please note, when we perform the deactivation process we will ensure your firearm is kept in the same condition that we receive it – subject of course to the requirements for deactivation. (For example should the standard demand that the barrel is slotted, then we must do this – however we will make all attempt to conceal this visually where possible).
However the deactivated firearm must be submitted to the proof house for confirmation of this work, and for the certificate, unfortunately we cannot guarantee that the proof house treats customer’s firearms with the same care that we exercise, and bear no responsibility for damage that may occur in their action to “prove” a gun complies with the standards.
J Russell firearms cannot be held responsible for damage that may occur to the firearm by the proof house as the use of these places is mandated by UK law, and they have the authority to undertake “whatever necessary” to check compliance with the regulations.