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The Firearms (Northern Ireland) Order 2004

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Grant of firearm certificate to young persons

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7.—(1) In this Article “young person” means a person under the age of 18 who has attained the age of 16.

(2) The Chief Constable may grant a firearm certificate to a young person if—

(a)each firearm to which it relates is—

(i)an air gun to which paragraph (4) applies;

(ii)a shotgun; or

(iii)a .22 rimfire rifle that is to say of a calibre not exceeding 5.59 millimetres; and

(b)the Chief Constable attaches a condition under Article 6(1) that the firearm and any ammunition for it to which the certificate relates are for the purpose of—

(i)pest control; or

(ii)the protection of livestock;

on agricultural land occupied by the holder or on which he works and also resides.

(3) The Chief Constable may grant a firearm certificate to a young person if—

(a)each firearm to which it relates is—

(i)an air gun to which paragraph (4) applies; or

(ii)a shotgun; and

(b)the Chief Constable attaches a condition under Article 6(1) that the holder shall have the firearm and any ammunition for it to which the certificate relates in his possession only—

(i)for sporting purposes; and

(ii)for a specified period of at least 12 months under the supervision of a person who has attained the age of 21 and has held a firearm certificate for a firearm of that type for at least three years.

(4) This paragraph applies to an air gun which is capable of discharging a missile so that the missile has, on being discharged, a kinetic energy in excess of one joule.

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