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Northern Ireland. 2005 ‘Conditions for the Authorisation of Firearm Dealers.’ Guidance on Northern Ireland Firearms Controls 2005; Sections 1-20 (Appendix 11), pp. 129-131. Belfast: Northern Ireland Assembly. 1 February

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Conditions for the Authorisation of Firearm Dealers

1. You are restricted to * the retail sale of firearms and ammunition/ ammunition/ repair and test of non bullet-firing firearms and retail sale of non-bullet-firing firearms and ammunition/repair and/ or test of firearms as specified below.

*delete as appropriate

2.
(a) Subject to conditions, (number authorised) no bullet-firing firearm may be kept at your authorised premises at any time.
(b) No more than (authorised number) .22 Rimfire rifles may be kept at your authorised premises at any time.
(c) No bullet-firing firearm may be acquired, purchased, sold, repaired, tested or kept by you at any time on your authorised premises.
(d) No firearm may be acquired, purchased, sold, repaired, tested or kept by you at any time on your authorised premises (refers to ammunition dealers only)
(e) Not more than (authorised number) firearms may be kept at your authorised premises at any one time for repair or test. Not more than (authorised number) of these shall be bullet-firing and, of these, not more than 3 should be handguns. Any firearm so kept must be returned to the holder within 72 hours of the repair or test being carried out.

You are required to keep a record showing -

i. the date on which the firearm was received for repair;
ii. a description of the firearm;
iii. the name and address of the holder;
iv. the date on which repairs to the firearm were completed; and v. the date on which the firearm was returned to the holder. Such details shall be recorded at your premises within 24 hours of the transaction. (refers to repair and/or testing dealers only)

3. A bullet-firing firearm, except for .22 Rimfire rifles as mentioned at 2(b), purchased from a certificate holder or purchased against an order for a customer who has been granted a firearm certificate for it may be kept at your authorised premises for a period not exceeding 7 days. In no case shall more than (authorised number) firearms be kept at any one time.

4. You may not stock bullet-firing handguns for retail sale but you are allowed to hold a maximum of (authorised number) for a period not exceeding 7 days to arrange for collection or disposal. This is in addition to the number of handguns which may be held for repair in accordance with 2(e).

5. Subject to 2(e) not more than (authorised number) shotguns and not more than (authorised number) air guns, shall be kept at your authorised premises at any one time.

6. Subject to condition 2(e) not more than (authorised number) non-bullet-firing firearms shall be kept at your authorised premises at any one time, not more than (authorised number) of these shall be shotguns.

7. Bullet-firing firearms specified at 2(e) above must be stored at all times (day and night) in a locked strong room, which should have the key removed. The working parts must be separately and securely stored (refers to repair/test dealers only)

8. Firearms other than bullet-firing firearms must be stored at all times (day and night) in a strong room, if there is one, or in steel presses which must be kept locked and have their keys removed. (refers to repair/test dealers only)

9. The propellant of ammunition contained at your authorised premises must not exceed 225Kg of explosives in total.

10. Ammunition must be stored at all times (day and night) in a strong-room, if there is one, or steel presses, which must be kept locked and have their keys removed. During business hours only ammunition that is needed for the day's business may be removed from the strong-room or steel press to that part of the authorised premises where sales take place and, while there, it must be kept in a secure container.

11. Only drill, blank or dummy rounds of ammunition or snap caps should be used for demonstration purposes in authorised premises. Firearm dealers must ensure that all loose ammunition is locked in a secure cabinet when a firearm is being demonstrated on authorised premises and at no stage should a prospective customer be in possession of both firearms and loose ammunition. (Refers to retail sale dealers only).

12. Ammunition should only be sold in sealed containers, which the firearms dealer should, if necessary, secure before he hands them over to customers.

13. Bullet-firing firearms specified at 2(b), 3 and 4 above must be stored at all times (day and night) in a locked strong room, the key of which should be removed. The working parts of the firearms must be separately and securely stored. Not more than one firearm may be produced at any one time to a prospective customer.

14. Firearms must be stored at all times (day and night) in a strong-room, if there is one, or a steel press which must be kept locked and have its key removed. During business hours firearms needed for the day's business may be taken from the strong room to that part of the premises where sales take place, and there placed in a steel press or other container, which must be kept locked and have its key removed. The fore-end pieces of all shotguns must at all times be kept separate from the shotguns and securely stored, except that not more than one complete shotgun may be produced at one time to a prospective purchaser.

15. You should notify the police immediately on discovery of the theft or loss of your firearms dealer's certificate or any firearm or part of one or ammunition from your premises.

16. The strong room, storage containers and other security arrangements mentioned in the foregoing conditions must satisfy police requirements.

17. Prospective purchasers must be furnished with a bill of sale, showing the type, make and calibre of the firearm to be acquired. Where a firearm is semi-automatic this must be clearly stated.

18. In no circumstances must any firearm or ammunition other than those specified in the foregoing conditions be kept on your authorised premises.

19. You must not permit a member of the public to enter into that area of your premises firearms and ammunition are stored.

20. Expanding pistol ammunition, or the missile for any such ammunition, must not be purchased or acquired except for the purpose of making sales or transfers of any such ammunition or missiles to -

(a) persons who are authorised by a firearm certificate to purchase or acquire such ammunition or missiles subject to a condition prohibiting the use of expanding ammunition for purposes not authorised by the European weapons directive; or
(b) a person carrying on the business of a firearms dealer who is authorised as a firearms dealer subject to this condition, or any employee of his.

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