Travelling with a firearm in the event of a ‘No Deal’ Brexit
In the event of a 'no deal' Brexit, British and Northern Irish residents will no longer be able to use a European Firearms Pass.
What this means
Irish firearm holders:
Firearm holders resident in Ireland seeking to travel to Britain or Northern Ireland should consult the appropriate authority for the appropriate authorisation.
The UK Government has issued a guidance document which can be found here: UK Government Advice – travelling with firearms.
In the absence of a European Firearms Pass, British and Northern Irish visitors seeking to shoot in Ireland should apply to An Garda Síochána for a Non-Resident Firearm Certificate. The application should be made to the Superintendent of the Garda district where the applicant first wishes to shoot.
In the absence of a European Firearms Pass for UK residents, visitors may submit a firearm licence issued by an appropriate UK authority that is acceptable to the issuing Garda officer. The relevant Application form can be found here.
Licenced firearm holders from Britain and Northern Ireland transiting the State can apply to the Department of Justice and Equality. In the absence of a European Firearms Pass, visitors may submit a firearm licence issued by an appropriate UK authority that is acceptable to the issuing officer. The relevant Application form can be found here.
Import and export of a firearm in the event of a ‘No Deal’ Brexit
If the UK leaves the EU without an agreement it will be considered a ‘Third Country’ for the purposes of trade in firearms and ammunition.
The EU Firearms Directive 91/477/EEC is the relevant EU legislation in respect of trade in firearms and ammunition
What this means:
Export of Firearms and Ammunition
The export licensing function for firearms and ammunition exported to the UK will transfer from the Department of Justice and Equality (DJE) to the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (DBEI).
Further information on the DBEI licensing process is available on their website.
Import of Firearms and Ammunition
Firearms and ammunition imported from the UK will continue to require an import application issued by the Department of Justice and Equality (DJE). There is no significant change expected to this process.
Firearms and all essential components of a firearm imported from the UK must be marked in accordance with the EU Firearms Directive.
Firearms that are imported from other EU Member States and that transit via the UK to Ireland may be subject to additional checks by the UK authorities. RFDs are advised to consult UK authorities in this regard.
The UK Government have issued a guidance document in respect of exports from the UK which can be found here: UK Government Advice – export of firearms.