Young people

Since July 2010 a person under the age of 18 years cannot purchase or hire any firearms, shotguns or ammunition.

If you have any queries then please contact the Firearms Licensing Department either by telephone or email.

Can they ...

Under 18

Under 15

Under 14

Purchase any firearm or ammunition

No

No

No

Possess a Section 1 firearm

Yes

Yes

No
(see exemptions 1, 2 & 3 below)

Receive a Section 1 firearm as a gift

Yes

Yes

No

Possess an assemble shotgun

Yes

No
(see exemptions 4 & 5 below)

No
(see exemptions 4 & 5 below)

Receive a shotgun as a gift

Yes

No

No

Possess an air weapon

No
(see exemptions 2,3, 4 & 6 below)

No
(see exemptions 2,3, 4 & 6 below)

No
(see exemptions 2, 3 & 4 below)

Receive an air weapon as a gift

No

No

No

Possess an air weapon in a public place

No
(see exemptions 2,3 & 4 below)

No
(see exemptions 2,3 & 4 below)

No
(see exemptions 2,3 & 4 below)

Exemptions:

(1) If carrying on behalf of a certificate holder, over 18 years of age, for sporting purpose.
(2) When part of an approved club or cadet corps.
(3) On a Miniature Rifle Range.
(4) Under the supervision of someone over 21 years old.
(5) When firearms is in a secure gun cover.
(6) Unless on private property with permission of the land owner. It is an offence for someone under this exemption to fire any missile beyond the boundary of the premises unless with permission of the adjacent land owner.

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