**Our service providers have advised that essential work is taking place on Sunday 24th June on the platform that hosts the Firearms online application service, and that the systems are expected to be down intermittently between 08:00 and 18:00. In order to avoid any inconvenience to our users we would advise not using the service during these times. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.**

You will need to obtain a certificate from the police before you can purchase or 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.

The telephone helpline (0800 7839899) which operates only for queries relating to the completion of online application forms is staffed from Monday - Friday from 9am to 4pm.

All other queries for Firearms & Explosives Branch should as normal be made between the hours of 2pm - 4pm through the non-emergency number 101.