**Due to scheduled maintenance, our online firearms application service will be unavailable between 08:00 – 10:00 on Tuesday 20th February, 2018. 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.