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05-11-2004, 16:41   #1
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Airguns in Ireland: Legal or Illegal?

Hello,

Does anyone know if airguns are legal or illegal in Ireland?

Links to the relevant laws appreciated, if possible.

Thanks.
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Someone here should know.
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All airguns are legal; but also need a firearms licence (yes, even BB guns). They don't in the UK because the UK has a defined lower muzzle energy limit on airguns that need a licence (12 foot-pounds for air rifles, 6 foot-pounds for air pistols; in Germany it's seven joules for air rifles, and so on). We don't have that here, however.

In day-to-day practise, this in effect makes some kinds of airguns illegal - airsoft guns, for example, that don't have barrel numbers would be difficult to get a licence for, and the same applies to BB guns. And without the licence, they're illegal.
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when i was younger i had an airgun, a pistol, it was pretty good and could burst through full cans and stuff. my mother found it and handed it into the gardai, for them to " get rid of ". it ended up with me in the garda station, filling in forms and forms,.........and i got in a lot of ****. they took all my details and it was very bad.....................be warned.
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Thanks for your replies.

Would any of you know what the actual law is? And if I break it... a fine? A slap on the wrist? Jail sentence?

(yes, I know this is a slightly strange question.)
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Thanks for your replies.

Would any of you know what the actual law is? And if I break it... a fine? A slap on the wrist? Jail sentence?

(yes, I know this is a slightly strange question.)
ask your local gardai
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Thanks for your replies.

Would any of you know what the actual law is? And if I break it... a fine? A slap on the wrist? Jail sentence?

(yes, I know this is a slightly strange question.)
www.irishstatutebook.ie
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You're looking for the 1925 firearms act (and the 1964 firearms act, which bought airguns under the '25 act). As to sentencing, that's usually up to the judge, and it depends on the specific crime. Reckless discharge of a firearm can get up to six years in prison, for example, and for any conviction you can't hold a firearms licence until five years after your sentence ends. Not sure what "mere" unlawful possession would carry as a sentence though.
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I take it you have an airgun NZAI

What make is it ?
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Hi Cribs,

I'm thinking of purchasing one, so I'm weighing up my options.

As for the model, it is -

Marushin Mossberg M500 SSB Shorty 8mm (it's actually a BB gun, but is gas powered.)

Still illegal?
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How are you planning on bringing it into
the country.

Most companies outside of Ireland wont ship BB Guns to Ireland.
Are ya plannin on doin a little smuggling
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NZAI,

You need to be licensed for this weapon and follow the guidelines set down.
It has no serial number and hence cannot be licensed, if you want to purchase an air weapon go through a dealer, it is both the right and legal thing to do.
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NZAI,

You need to be licensed for this weapon and follow the guidelines set down.
It has no serial number and hence cannot be licensed, if you want to purchase an air weapon go through a dealer, it is both the right and legal thing to do.
Thanks Woody.

Do you know any reputable dealers in Ireland?
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Tallaght Rod and Gun shop in golden pages or the Gun Gallery in Drogheda A1.

Tallaght even have a small selection of pistols and other weapons such as when I was last there a Franchini SPAS 12 shotgun legality of this I dunno but twas a nice weapon.
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No particular reason why a SPAS wouldn't be legal.... Why anyone would want one is another question, horribly awkward yoke.

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Marushin Mossberg M500 SSB Shorty 8mm (it's actually a BB gun, but is gas powered.)
It sounds like you might be describing a Airsoft gun there NZAI, if it meets the necessary safety standards (CE or equivalent), it may be classified as a toy and not an airgun - so you'd be free to bring it in.
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