Applying for a firearms license in Northern Ireland

This page provides information and relevant links if you are interested in applying for a firearms licence in Northern Ireland.

Firearms and the law

In Northern Ireland you must possess a valid firearms certificate in order to be able to buy or own a firearm or ammunition.

To get a firearms certificate you must submit a completed application to the PSNI.

Apply for a certificate

You can now apply for a firearms certificate using the online application process.

You can also apply for a firearms certificate using hard copy application forms.  These along with all relevant information are available from the PSNI.

Hard copies are available by:

  • calling in person at your local PSNI station 
  • dialling the 101 non emergency number
  • emailing your request to: firearms@psni.pnn.police.uk

Alternatively you can download an application form from the PSNI website:

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