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Northern Ireland leading country sports organisations reach agreement on firearm fees and the banded system

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We are delighted to advise that agreement has been reached on firearms fees and a banded system for rifles between an alliance of shooting and rural organisations, the Department of Justice (DoJ) and the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI). The rural organisations include Countryside Alliance Ireland (CAI), The British Association for Shooting and Conservation, (BASC) and the Gun Trade Guild NI (GTG NI).

On licensing fees – which had been proposed at £131 – a figure of £98 has been agreed with the PSNI committing to publishing processing targets and being held accountable for them.

The DoJ had also proposed to more than treble to cost of a firearms licence variation from the current £26 to £89. Following a joint presentation to the NI Assembly’s Justice Committee and further representations made by CAI, BASC, and GTG NI, the £89 fee has been reduced to £30.
The cost of a firearms dealer’s certificate will increase from the current £150 to £300 however this will be an interim fee pending further discussion. It is likely that the new fees will be implemented around November/December 2015.
CAI, BASC and the GTG NI, have also reached agreement with the DOJ and the PSNI on a banded system that will allow a firearms certificate holder to exchange any rifle listed on their firearm certificate, for any other rifle listed in the same published band.

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