Frequently Asked Questions
IN RELATION TO NEW FIREARMS LICENSING PROCESSES
A. Yes all firearms need a license including air rifles.
A. There is no limit. However, new minimum security standards will now be required of holders of firearm certificates in relation to the provision of secure accommodation for their firearms. The level of security is dependent on the number of firearms certified to an individual.
A. Any person over 14 years of age can apply for a firearms training certificate. The training certificate does not entitle the holder to actually own a firearm and the certificate can only apply to a non-restricted firearm. The person must always be under the supervision of a specified person over 18 years of age who holds a firearm certificate in respect of it. The training certificate shall continue in force for 3 years unless revoked.
A. All application forms that apply to the new firearms legislation can be obtained at any Garda Station or on www.garda.ie An application for a non restricted firearm certificate shall be made on form FCA1 to the superintendent of the district where the applicant resides. If the application refers to a restricted firearm, the superintendent shall forward the application to the chief superintendent of that division.
A. All new firearms certificates will cost €80 and will remain in force for 3 years from the date it was granted unless revoked. The collection of fees will be outsourced to An Post and no money will now be accepted at Garda Stations for firearms certificate
A. The Garda Commissioner has issued Guidelines as to the practical application and operation on the firearm acts 1925-2009. These Guidelines should be read as an aid to recently enacted firearms legislation, in particular the Criminal Justice Act 2006 and the Criminal Justice (Miscellaneous Provisions Act) 2009. The Guidelines are available on www.garda.ie
A. Yes. Each application will require a separate fully completed FCA1 with a photo attached to each application. https://www.garda.ie/en/about-us/online-services/firearms-licensing/fca1-firearm-certificate-application-2020.pdf
A. No. Once the Garda is satisfied with the applicants Identification, by viewing passports/ driving licences etc., this will suffice.
A. The following which is taken from Statutory Instrument 307/2009 is the schedule for Secure Storage; Type and number of firearms Security standard required:
A. Yes, it is mandatory to complete this section in full.
A. Yes, all offences pending or convictions in relation to any offence must be disclosed.
A. Section 4.2 of FCA1 provides a tick box marked ‘other’ (specify). All details in relation to the club should be provided on a separate sheet as is outlined in this section.
A. No, a licence to shoot Hares, within season, is not required under this section, however if applicants are intending to shoot Hares they should still tick the YES box provided for in this section.
A. No. You are only required to provide the name address and telephone number of your medical practitioner and answer the simple medical question in Section 2.2 of the Application Form. Access to any individual’s psychiatric or medical practitioner will only be necessary where circumstances dictate a requirement for doing so.
A. No. But an issuing person may require further information from an applicant re land permission when assessing an applicant’s ‘Good Reason’ to have the firearm. However this requirement may be fulfilled by virtue of the applicant being a member of a game or other gun club and such club having designated land or lands to shoot on. Section 5.2 applies only to circumstances where an applicant is applying for a limited certificate, which is still provided for under the Wildlife Acts.
FAQ's are sourced as a combination of info from Lakelandshootingcentre.ie and www.Garda.ie