European Firearms Passes Know the Facts
There have been a number of incidents where people have been caught with firearms visiting or transiting from Northern Ireland to the Republic of Ireland and vice versa on the belief they could do so with only a European Firearms Pass (EFP)
A European Firearms pass allows the following: A person wishing to travel to another Member State with a firearm may do so if he or she is in possession of a European Firearms Pass and, if required, has received prior approval of the Competent Authority of the Member State to be visited.
Both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland require prior approval.
Question: I’m from the Republic of Ireland can I use my firearms in Northern Ireland with only a EFP?
Answer: No you must have a Northern Ireland Visitors Permit (NIVP) from the PSNI before you can use your firearms in Northern Ireland.
Question: Can I travel with my firearms from the Republic of Ireland through Northern Ireland even if I’m not shooting with only a EFP?
Answer: No if you wish to travel through Northern Ireland you will need a NIVP from the PSNI.
Republic of Ireland
Question: I’m from Northern Ireland can I use my firearms in the Republic of Ireland with only a EFP?
Answer: No you must get a Republic of Ireland Non Resident permit from the Garda Superintendent of the area you wish to visit.
Question: Can I travel with my firearms from Northern Ireland through the Republic of Ireland even if I’m not shooting with only a EFP?
Answer: No if you intend to transit through the Republic of Ireland you will need to obtain a transit pass from the Department of Justice at St Stephens Green.
Those who do not have the appropriate documents when travelling with firearms in either the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland will be subject to the full force of the law.