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Ireland. 2014 ‘Minimum Age for Firearm Possession.’ Firearms and Ammunition FAQ. Dublin: An Roinin Dlí Agus Cirt Comhionannais (Department of Justice and Equality). 21 January

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Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

4. How old do I have to be before I can apply for a firearms certificate?

You have to be over 16 years of age before you can apply for a firearms certificate. You have to be over 14 years of age before you can apply for a firearms training certificate.

5. What is a firearms training certificate?

A firearms training certificate does not allow you to own a firearm but it does allow you to possess a firearm and ammunition (though not a restricted firearm or restricted ammunition) while carrying and using it under the supervision of a specified person over 18 years of age who holds a firearm certificate for that gun.

You must be over 14 years of age to apply for a training certificate. If you are under 16 years of age, the application for a firearms training certificate must be accompanied by the written consent of the applicant's parent or guardian.

[Editor's note: Section 8 of the Firearms Act 1925, as amended by section 37 of the Criminal Justice Act, 2006, relates to the minimum age for firearm possession.

Section 2A of the Firearms Act 1925, as inserted by section 28 of the Criminal Justice Act, 2006, relates to firearms training certificates.]

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