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Overview

You need a firearm certificate from the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) to own or posses any firearm or ammunition in Northern Ireland.

How to apply

Download an application form from the PSNI website, get an application pack from your local police, or call PSNI.

PSNI
Telephone: 0845 600 8000
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You must give the following information:

  • your details including occupation, nationality and alternative addresses over the past 10 years
  • your medical history, details of your current GP and consent for the police to obtain factual details of your medical history
  • any firearms and ammunition you already possess, wish to purchase, acquire or give up and full reasons for each
  • whether the firearms are to be used on your own land
  • details of any previous firearm certificate refusals, revocations or appeals
  • your intended storage arrangements for the firearms and ammunition
  • any criminal convictions or cautions received including spent convictions

You must also give details of 2 referees. Referees must be of good character and have known you for at least 2 years. You can’t use the following as a referee:

  • a firearms dealer
  • a police officer or member of the police support staff
  • a resident outside the UK
  • a relative If you’re a members of a firearms club, you can have a club official as one of yours referees, as long as that person is of good character and has known you for at least 1 year.

Referees must sign the declaration on the application form after the form has been completed and you should return the separate reference form direct to Firearms and Explosives Branch in the envelope provided.

You must provide 2 recent photographs that are:

  • of your full face without a hat
  • 45mm x 35mm in size
  • on normal photographic paper, unglazed on the back and unmounted
  • endorsed on the reverse side with “I verify this is a true likeness of (your full name)”, signed and dated by each referee along with their occupation

You must provide the following documents with your application:

  • letters of permission to shoot on land
  • proof of club membership
  • application fee by cheque or postal order

You must also include a record of the firearm transaction, either a bill of sale if acquiring from a registered firearms dealer, or a letter of authority. If the firearm was acquired from another firearm certificate holder, you must include the seller’s firearm certificate and a completed Form 30/1 from the seller.

Send the completed application form and associated documents to the PSNI Firearms and Explosives Branch.

A local firearms enquiry officer will visit your home to discuss your application in more detail.

A firearm certificate will normally be valid for 5 years.

Fees

The application fee for a standard firearm certificate is £50. You may have to pay other fees depending on your application.

Fines and penalties

You may be fined, imprisoned or both if you own or possess a firearm or ammunition without a firearm certificate, or make a false statement on your application form.