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You need a licence to keep firearms, weapons and ammunition for display or use in a museum.

How to apply

Write to the Department of Justice for Northern Ireland (DOJ).

You’ll need to include:

  • why the museum is interested in firearms, weapons and ammunition
  • details of the firearms, weapons and ammunition to be held
  • information about the security precautions in place
  • evidence that most of the museum’s funding comes from central or local government
  • information on whether the museum is open to the public

Firearms and Explosives Branch
Department of Justice
Block B
Castle Buildings
Stormont Estate

Call DOJ if you need to know more about the application process.

Department of Justice for Northern Ireland
Telephone: 028 9052 0057
Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm
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You’ll only get a licence if DOJ is satisfied that the weapons, firearms and ammunition will not be a danger to the public.

Fees and charges

A licence costs £200 and usually lasts for 5 years.

It costs £75 to add another premises to a licence.


The licence may include conditions about the safe management of the weapons, firearms and ammunition.

Fines and penalties

It’s a criminal offence to possess firearms or ammunition in Northern Ireland without Police Service of Northern Ireland permission. It’s also a criminal offence to break the conditions of a museum firearms licence.