Gun laws in Ireland

Noortje By Noortje, 13th Sep 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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So I thought I would take a moment to write a nice summery off the laws surrounding firearms in Ireland as my lovely neighbours seem to think there are no laws and shooting on our land and off the roadside is perfectly “OK”.

Area rules

Only a few weeks ago one of our neighbours spotted a man pulling up outside our land and he began to shoot into our fields, this is breaking two rules within the law:

1) It is forbidden to shoot from the road or out of a vehicle.

2) Written permission from the land owner must be obtained before entering with a firearm.

Our cats frequently wander through these fields and could easily get mistaken for a small fox or other small animals so I do not appreciate people taking this risk.

Animal Restrictions :

In addition to the roadside and land laws there are a number of other restrictions surrounding the possession of a firearm and the animals that can be shot which I see being neglected often on news articles, and from personal experience.
Here is a list of the animals and there shooting status:

• Rabbits: Shoot on sight
• Fox: Shoot on sight
• Mink: Shoot on sight
• Pheasant: Only between November 1st – January 31st
• Wild ducks: Only between September 1st – January 31st
• Wood Pigeon: Protected unless damaging crops
• Hare: Restricted by season

Age Restrictions:

1. 14 + can apply for a training certificate which means they can only use a firearm under supervision from a fully certified adult.

2. 16+ can apply for the certificate after training is completed

3. 21+ can apply for a dealer’s license (further restrictions apply)

Crossbows, spear guns, paintball markers, airguns and air rifles all fall under the “need to have a license” category.


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author avatar D. Salmon
13th Sep 2013 (#)

very interesting post. Gun need to be restricted I think

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