FIREARMS ACT 1971


Number 13 of 1971


FIREARMS ACT 1971

REVISED

Updated to 1 January 2016


This Revised Act is an administrative consolidation of the Firearms Act 1971. It is prepared by the Law Reform Commission in accordance with its function under the Law Reform Commission Act 1975 (3/1975) to keep the law under review and to undertake revision and consolidation of statute law.

All Acts up to and including International Protection Act 2015 (66/2015), enacted 30 December 2015, and all statutory instruments up to and including Credit Union Act 1997 (Regulatory Requirements) Regulations 2016 (S.I. No. 1 of 2016), made 1 January 2016, were considered in the preparation of this Revised Act.

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Number 13 of 1971


FIREARMS ACT 1971

REVISED

Updated to 1 January 2016


Introduction

This Revised Act presents the text of the Act as it has been amended since enactment, and preserves the format in which it was passed.

Related legislation

Firearms Acts 1925 to 2009 : this Act is one of a group of Acts included in this collective citation, to be construed together as one ( Criminal Justice (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009 (28/2009), s. 1(2)). The Acts in the group are:

Firearms Act 1925 (17/1925)

Firearms Act 1964 (1/1964)

Firearms Act 1971 (13/1971)

Firearms and Offensive Weapons Act 1990 (12/1990), Part II

Firearms (Firearms Certificates for Non-Residents) Act 2000 (20/2000), other than s. 4

Criminal Justice Act 2006 (26/2006), Part 5 and sch. 1

Criminal Justice Act 2007 (29/2007), Part 6

Criminal Justice (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009 (28/2009), Part 4

Firearms (Proofing) Act 1968 (20/1968) is excluded from the collective citation from 14 July 2000 by Firearms (Firearms Certificates for Non-Residents) Act 2000, s. 8(2).

Firearms (Temporary Provisions) Act 1998 (32/1998) is excluded from the collective citation from 14 July 2000 by Firearms (Temporary Provisions) Act Continuance Order 1999 (S.I. No. 189 of 1999), art. 2.

European Communities (European Communities (Acquisition and Possession of Weapons and Ammunition) Regulations 1993 (S.I. No. 362 of 1993), as amended, also deal with firearms.

Annotations

This Revised Act is annotated and includes textual and non-textual amendments, statutory instruments made pursuant to the Act and previous affecting provisions.

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www.lawreform.ie/annotations.

Material not updated in this revision

Where other legislation is amended by this Act, those amendments may have been superseded by other amendments in other legislation, or the amended legislation may have been repealed or revoked. This information is not represented in this revision but will be reflected in a revision of the amended legislation if one is available.

Where legislation or a fragment of legislation is referred to in annotations, changes to this legislation or fragment may not be reflected in this revision but will be reflected in a revision of the legislation referred to if one is available.

A list of legislative changes to any Act, and to statutory instruments from 1999, may be found linked from the page of the Act or statutory instrument at

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Acts which affect or previously affected this revision

Firearms Acts 1925 to 2009

Criminal Justice Act 2006 (26/2006)

Firearms and Offensive Weapons Act 1990 (12/1990)

All Acts up to and including International Protection Act 2015 (66/2015), enacted 30 December 2015, were considered in the preparation of this revision.

Statutory instruments which affect or previously affected this revision

Firearms (Temporary Provisions) Act Continuance Order 1999 (S.I. No. 189 of 1999)

European Communities (Acquisition and Possession of Weapons and Ammunition) Regulations (S.I. No. 362 of 1993)

Offences Against the State (Scheduled Offences) Order 1972 (S.I. No. 142 of 1972)

All statutory instruments up to and including Credit Union Act 1997 (Regulatory Requirements) Regulations 2016 (S.I. No. 1 of 2016), made 1 January 2016, were considered in the preparation of this revision.


Number 13 of 1971


FIREARMS ACT 1971

REVISED

Updated to 1 January 2016


ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS


Acts Referred to

Firearms Act, 1925

1925, No. 17

Firearms (Proofing) Act, 1968

1968, No. 20

Firearms Act, 1964

1964, No. 1


Number 13 of 1971


FIREARMS ACT 1971

REVISED

Updated to 1 January 2016


AN ACT TO AMEND AND EXTEND THE FIREARMS ACTS, 1925 TO 1968. [6 th July, 1971.]

BE IT ENACTED BY THE OIREACHTAS AS FOLLOWS:

Annotations:

Modifications (not altering text):

C1

Application of collectively cited Firearms Acts extended (9.12.1993) by European Communities (Acquisition and Possession of Weapons and Ammunition) Regulations 1993 (S.I. No. 362 of 1993), regs. 8 and 13(1).

Provisions of Firearms Acts and other Statutes.

8. The provisions of the Firearms Acts and other relevant statutes, including provisions relating to powers of the Garda Síochána and Customs Officers, shall extend to a European Firearms Pass or other document to which these Regulations relate and a reference in those enactments to a firearm certificate shall, where the context so admits, include reference to any such document.

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Offences.

13. (1) A person who contravenes any provision of these Regulations shall, without prejudice to any liability under the Firearms Acts, be guilty of an offence under these Regulations.

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C2

Application of Act extended (30.05.1972) by Offences Against the State (Scheduled Offences) Order 1972, (S.I. No. 142 of 1972), art. 2 and appendix.

2. It is hereby declared that the offences specified in the Appendix hereto shall be scheduled offences for the purposes of Part V of the Offences against the State Act, 1939 (No. 13 of 1939).

APPENDIX

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3. Offences under the Firearms Acts, 1925 to 1971.

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Editorial Notes:

E1

Previous affecting provisions: definition of firearm extended (1.01.1991) by Firearms and Offensive Weapons Act 1990 (12/1990), s. 4(1), S.I. No. 313 of 1990; superseded (1.08.2006) by new definition of firearm in Firearms Act 1925 (17/1925), s. 1, as inserted (1.08.2006) by Criminal Justice Act 2006 (26/2006), s. 26, S.I. No. 390 of 2006.