Age Restrictions for Firearms
The following age restrictions apply to the purchase or possession of Firearms, Section 1 ammunition, Shotguns and air weapons.
Section 1 Firearms and ammunition.
If you are under 14yrs of age you cannot possess a Section 1 firearm or ammunition unless you are carrying it for sporting purposes or as a member of a rifle club, cadet corps or when using at a shooting gallery or miniature rifle range. (Sporting purposes is where you are acting as a gun bearer carrying a gun or ammunition for another person who is the holder of a firearms certificate for that gun)
You can't receive a firearm as a gift or borrow one.
If you are under 15yrs of age you cannot have an assembled shotgun unless you are under the supervision of a person over the age of 21 yrs. or the shotgun is securely fastened in a gun cover so that it cannot be fired. You cannot receive a shotgun as a gift or buy shotgun cartridges but you can possess them. You can be given a Section 1 Firearm as a gift.
If you are under 18yrs of age you cannot purchase or hire either a firearm or shotgun but you could receive them as gifts.
If you are under 18yrs of age you cannot have with you an air weapon at any time unless you are under the supervision of a person over the age of 21yrs or as part of an approved target shooting club or shooting gallery.
If you are between the ages of 14yrs - 18yrs you may use an air weapon on private premises with the consent of the owner of the premises but any missile fired must not go beyond the boundary of the premises.
No one is permitted to make a gift of an air weapon or ammunition for an air weapon to a person under the age of 18yrs or to part with possession of an air weapon or ammunition for an air weapon to a person under this age except where by virtue of section 23 of the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1988 the person is not prohibited from having it with them.