Thursday, 5 March 2020
Department of Justice and Equality
Under Section 2 the Firearms (Firearms Certificate for Non- Residents) Act 2000, the Minister for Justice and Equality has a power to grant firearms certificates, including to official security personnel from other jurisdictions, where it is deemed necessary to do so. Decisions in relation to the grant of certificates to such personnel are made in accordance with the legislation and following consultation with the Garda authorities.
An Garda Síochána and the PSNI co-operate on an ongoing basis in what is an essential relationship in guaranteeing security and community safety on this island. A reciprocal arrangement is in place is in place since 2013 between An Garda Síochána and the PSNI relating to the carriage of firearms in relation to close protection for certain people traveling between the two jurisdictions and the grant of firearms certificates for this purpose is undertaken in accordance with the provisions of the Act of 2000.