Everything you need to know about semi-automatic shotguns and rifle for live quarry shooting, including a guide as to what species may be taken.
Young people and firearms
Section 1 firearms – including rifles, muzzle-loading pistols/handguns and certain types of shotguns
Incorporating amendments from the Policing and Crime Act 2017
Under 14 years of age
No one under the age of 14 may use a Section 1 firearm, except for target shooting as a member of a Home Office approved rifle club, or at a shooting gallery where no rifles larger than .23 inch calibre are used (eg. at fairs).
14-17 years of age
At the age of 14 a person may hold a firearm certificate and may then be given firearms and ammunition within the conditions on the certificate.
The law does not set a minimum age at which the holder of a firearm certificate may shoot without adult supervision. That is left to the discretion of the parent or guardian.
18 years and over
On reaching the age of 18, the holder of a firearm certificate may hire or purchase firearms and ammunition in accordance with the conditions on that certificate.