In your will, you can choose someone to inherit your licensed firearms or shotguns after you die.
If you don't choose someone, the guns become part of your estate (everything you own). You would have chosen executors to manage your estate as part of your will. Any firearms would then become their responsibility to manage in a lawful way.
Consider making it as easy as possible for the person who will inherit your firearms. Put helpful information in an envelope which they can open after your death.
list the guns and ammunition you own
explain where you store them and how to access them
include copies of your firearm certificate(s)
write down where to find your original certificate(s)
provide details about how to contact the firearms department
explain how to request a temporary permit (if needed)
The police can provide a temporary permit. It allows someone to possess (not use) your guns. A permit usually lasts up to three months. The person can use this time to decide what to do with the guns.
If the person has their own firearm certificate, they will not need a temporary permit. But they need enough room on their certificate to take ownership of your firearms. To do that, they may need to vary their certificate.
After a death, someone may have left you guns to manage.
You may be:
nominated in their will
an executor of their estate
You have a legal responsibility to manage any weapons in a safe way.
First, you must contact the firearms licensing team and:
give notice about the owner's death
list the guns you have inherited
request a temporary permit (if needed)
A temporary permit gives you the legal right to possess (not use) the guns for up to three months, usually. It allows you time to decide what to do with the firearms. Whether that's selling or disposing of them or finding a legal way to own and use them.