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You will need to get a certificate from the police before you can own any firearm or ammunition in Northern Ireland.

Our obligation is to protect the public and ensure their safety, which is why there are certain laws that anyone owning or using firearms must follow.

This section contains all the information you will need to know before applying for a certificate, so choose a topic below to find out more.

Our specially trained officers are here to help with your enquiries and you can contact the Firearms and Explosives branch by email: or call your local police on 101 Non Emergency Number for more information.