Age Restrictions


Firearm laws are different for juveniles and young people

A person under eighteen is prohibited by Firearms Act (Amendment) Regulations 2010, No 1759 from purchasing or hiring any firearm or ammunition as defined by section 1 of the 1968 Act and a shotgun and ammunition as defined by section 2 of the 1968 Act

Age restrictions apply as follows:

Under 14 years

CAN

  • hold a shotgun certificate

CANNOT

  • hold a firearm certificate
  • purchase or hire shotguns or ammunition until 18 years old (Even if the holder of a relevant certificate)
  • receive a gift of a shotgun until 15 years old (Even if the holder of a relevant certificate)

Under 15 years old

CAN

  • hold a shotgun certificate
  • hold a firearm certificate and
  • receive a gift of a Section 1 firearm from the age of 14 years old (If authorised by the relevant certificate)

CANNOT

  • purchase or hire a shotgun or ammunition until 18 years old (Even if the holder of a relevant certificate)
  • purchase or hire a firearm or ammunition until 18 years old (Even if the holder of a relevant certificate)
  • receive a gift of a shotgun until 15 years old (Even if the holder of a relevant certificate)
  • have an assembled shotgun unless supervised by a person over 21 years old (Even if the holder of a relevant certificate)
  • have an uncovered / unsecured shotgun until 15 years old (Even if the holder of a relevant certificate)

Under 18 years old

CAN

  • hold a shotgun certificate
  • hold a firearm certificate
  • receive a gift of a shotgun from the age of 15 years (If authorised by the relevant certificate)
  • receive a gift of a firearm from the age of 14 years (If authorised by the relevant certificate)
  • possess a shotgun if covered and secured from the age of 15 years (If authorised by the relevant certificate)

CANNOT

  • purchase or hire a shotgun or ammunition until 18 years old (Even if the holder of a relevant certificate)
  • purchase or hire a firearm or ammunition until 18 years old (Even if the holder of a relevant certificate)

Contact

Firearms Licensing Officer
Devon & Cornwall Police, Firearms & Explosives Licensing Department
Police Headquarters
Middlemoor, Exeter
Devon
EX2 7HQ

Tel: 01392 225650

Non Emergency Directory (NED)

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