Firearms Act 2006

Brought in by the Criminal Justice Bill 2006, section 5, the Firearms Act (as amended) 1925-2006 is the main part of the body of legislation regarding our sport. As such, it’s rather important. So here’s some information on it that I’ve put together. I hope it proves useful.

To start off with, here’s the final version of the Criminal Justice Bill 2006, as passed by the Dail and Seanad and signed into law.

Then here’s a link to the Firearms Acts, as amended (or at least the parts that are of interest to the sport):

FIREARMS ACT (as amended) 1925-2006

Please note : This document is not a restatement prepared under the Statute Law (Restatement) Act 2002 and as such is not legislation. It is intended to provide an overview of the Firearms Acts only, and not to serve as a legal document.

  • Section 1 Definitions and interpretation.
  • Section 2 Restrictions on possession, use, and carriage of firearms.
  • Section 2A Firearms training certificate
  • Section 2B Restricted firearms and ammunition
  • Section 3 Applications for, and form and effect of, firearm certificates.
  • Section 3A Issue of guidelines etc. by Commissioner.
  • Section 4 Conditions of grant of firearm certificate.
  • Section 4A Authorisation of rifle or pistol clubs or shooting ranges.
  • Section 4B Firearms range inspectors.
  • Section 5 Revocation of firearm certificates.
  • Section 6 Sale of firearm when certificate refused or revoked.
  • Section 7 Permit to bring firearm ashore.
  • Section 8 Persons disentitled to hold a firearm certificate or a permit.
  • Section 10A Reloading of ammunition

That’s available as a Word document as well, here.

The Bill was signed into law by the President on July 16 2006, the Minister commenced most of the bill on August 1, 2006, with the exceptions of the parts relating to the new licences, the training licence, the authorisation of ranges and the part on reloading, which will come into effect on November 1, 2006.

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