A shotgun
A shotgun

Possession of firearms, shotguns, airguns and ammunition by under-18s

 Under 18Under 15Under 14
Purchase or hire any firearm (including shotguns and air weapons) or ammunitionNoNoNo
Possess a Section 1 firearm and ammunitionYes (if in possession of a certificate or 17 and in accordance with 11a)Yes (if in possession of a certificate)

No (see exceptions 1, 2 and 3 below)

Receive a Section 1 firearm and ammunition as a giftYes (if a certificate holder)Yes (if a certificate holder)No
Possess assembled shotgun and ammunitionYes

No (see exceptions 1, 4 and 5 below)

No (see exceptions 1, 4 and 5 below)

Receive a shotgun as a giftYesNoNo

Possess an air weapon

No (see exceptions 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 below)

No (see exceptions 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 below)No (see exceptions 1, 2, 3 and 4 below)
Receive an air weapon as a giftNoNoNo
Possess an air weapon in a public placeNo (see exceptions 1, 2, 3 and 4 below)No (see exceptions 1, 2, 3 and 4 below)No (see exceptions 1, 2, 3 and below)

Possess an air weapon on private premises with consent



  • If carrying on behalf of the certificate holder (who is aged 18 years or over) and for the certificate holders sporting purposes only.
  • When part of an approved club or cadet
  • On a miniature rifle
  • Under the supervision of someone over 21 years
  • When the shotgun is in a securely fastened gun cover so that it cannot be
  • Unless on private property with permission of the It is an offence for someone under this exception to fire any missile beyond the boundary of the premises, unless with permission of the adjacent landowner.

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© BASC February 2023