Applying for a Firearms License in Ireland - Step-by-Step Guide

Applying for a Firearms License in Ireland - Step-by-Step Guide

We've had a number of queries lately via our social media from people wondering what is involved in applying for a Gun License in Ireland.  So, being the helpful people that we are 😁  we've put together a Step-by-Step Guide.  Hope you find it helpful!

  1. Serial Number:  First, find the gun you are interested in buying – you will need to include the exact gun’s serial number on your license application.  Most gun dealers will require full payment for the gun in exchange for the serial number and will then keep the gun aside for you at their premises until you get your licence (or refund you if you are not given the license).  Check the individual gun dealer’s T&Cs before you proceed.
  2. Firearms Safety Course: If it is your first license application, the Gardaí will require you to complete a certified Firearms Safety Course, a certificate of completion from which should accompany your gun license application form (see Point 4).  NB -> OpenSeason.ie run these courses every Saturday morning - email us at sales@openseason.ie or message our Facebook page to book your place.  
  3. Landowner Permission/Gun Club Membership: You will also need permission from a landowner to shoot on their land (you do not need this if you yourself are a farmer/landowner).   Alternatively, you can join your local Gun Club.  Details of landowner permission or Gun Club membership will be required on your Firearms license application  (see Point 4).
  4. Garda Firearm Certificate Application Form FCA1:  Download and complete your application form => https://www.garda.ie/en/about-us/online-services/firearms-licensing/fca1-firearm-certificate-application-2020.pdf Note: if you are applying for a license for a rifle with moderator (silencer), a valid reason for requiring the moderator will be required – you must include this or risk the license being processed without the requisite “S” permission for the moderator.
  5. Passport Photos: Include 2 passport photos with your application.
  6. References: The application also requires 2 references from anyone you know (see FCA1 Form for further details).
  7. Submit: Submit your completed application to your local Garda station.
  8. Timescales: License application processing timescales vary from station to station – for a new gun, the timescale is approximately 3 weeks. 
  9. License Issued: When your license has been issued, take it to your gun dealer who will then release your gun to you.
  10. Unsuccessful Application?: The right to appeal is detailed on the Garda FCA1 application form.  You do not have leave to appeal an unsuccessful application for a moderator; this is entirely at the discretion of your local Garda Superintendant.
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