Proposal to vary firearms licensing fees

Consultation opened on 05 June 2012. Closing date 20 September 2012.


The Department of Justice is seeking views on proposals to vary the licensing fees contained in the Firearms (Northern Ireland) Order 2004.


Consultation description

The Department is also seeking your views on proposals to:

  • move from a fee for the grant of firearm certificate to a fee for an application.
  • extend the current provision introduced by Section 103 of the Justice Act (Northern Ireland) 2011 that allows a firearms dealer to vary any firearm for that of a same calibre and type.  
  • reduce the age at which young people can use shotguns and airguns, with a kinetic energy in excess of 1 joule, to 12 in certain circumstances.
  • remove the need for the Chief Constable to issue certificates of approval for a holder of a FAC or shotgun certificate in Great Britain travelling to Northern Ireland.
  • introduce a new fee for a variation by a Dealer, certificate of approval for an airgun and variation of a museum licence.
  • enable a copy of the original European Firearms Pass (EFP) to be submitted rather than the original when seeking a Visitor’s Firearm Permit.
  • The Firearms (Northern Ireland) Order 2004
  • Summary of responses


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