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Friday 24 January 2020

Certificate is needed to keep firearm at home

Shane Phelan

Shane Phelan

FIREARMS, such as shotguns, hunting rifles, handguns and airguns, can be legally held in the home provided the owner has been issued with a firearms certificate by their local garda superintendent.

The superintendent will only issue a certificate if they are satisfied the owner is of sound mind and has a legitimate reason for owning the firearm, such as participation in gun sports.

A certificate costs €80 and lasts three years. You have to be over 16 to apply.

For the purposes of certification, weapons are classified as "restricted" or "non-restricted". Non-restricted firearms refer to full-length single or double barrel shotguns and short firearms used in Olympic events. Restricted refers to most other types of firearms.

Strict criteria apply to the storage of firearms, depending on the type and quantity of weapons held.

Owners of one non-restricted shotgun are required by law to disassemble the gun and store each part securely and separately. It also has to be fitted with a trigger lock.

Owners of one restricted firearm, or up to three non-restricted firearms, must store each weapon in a gun safe, while a person with two restricted firearms, or more than three non-restricted firearms, must use a safe with an alarm and a thief-resistant lock.

Irish Independent

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