Age Restrictions

​UNDER 14 YEARS OLD
​CAN ​Hold a shotgun certificate.
​CANNOT ​Hold a firearm certificate.
​CANNOT
(even if the holder of a relevant certificate)

 

​Purchase or hire shotguns until 18 years old OR

Receive a gift of a shotgun until 15 years old.

​UNDER 15 YEARS OLD ​

​CAN

Hold a shotgun certificate AND

Hold a firearm certificate.​

CAN
(If authorised by the relevant certificate)
​Receive a gift of a Section 1 firearm from the age of 14 years old.
CANNOT
(Even if the holder of a relevant certificate)

​Purchase or hire a shotgun until 18 years old.

Purchase or hire a firearm until 18 years old.

Receive a gift of a shotgun until 15 years old.

Possess an assembled shotgun unless:

  • Supervised by a person over 21 years old, (preferably a shotgun certificate holder), OR
  • the gun is so covered with a securely fastened gun-cover that it cannot be fired.
UNDER 18 YEARS OLD ​
CAN

Hold a shotgun certificate AND

Hold a firearm certificate.

​CAN
(If authorised by the relevant certificate)

​Receive a gift of a shotgun from the age of 15 years.

Receive a gift of a firearm from the age of 14 years.

Possess a shotgun if covered and secured from the age of 15 years.

CANNOT
(Even if the holder of a relevant certificate)

​Purchase or hire shotguns until 18 years old.

Purchase or hire firearms until 18 years old.