The crossbow is often classified as a firearm by various jurisdictions for legal reasons (although it is not considered a firearm from a technical point of view), although no combustion is required to fuel the projectile. The law states that crossbows can only be used by people under the age of 18 if they are supervised by a person who is 21 years of age or older. Similar prohibitions for Northern Ireland are provided for in the Crossbows (Northern Ireland) Order 1988. It must also be taken into account that the person issuing the authorization, whether the local superintendent or the local chief superintendent, has significant legal authority with respect to authorization decisions and may impose the preconditions that he or she requires of an applicant before granting a licence, provided that these preconditions are imposed on a case-by-case basis (general requirements have been imposed by the Supreme Court as not being the legal powers of the licensor). 6] The local superintendent and the local chief superintendent also have broad powers to revoke firearms certificates. The information contained on this website has been provided by Archery Supplies Ireland Limited and by third parties for informational purposes only. They do not constitute legal or commercial advice and are not intended to be used for legal purposes. Although every precaution has been taken to ensure that the content is useful and accurate, Archery Supplies Ireland Limited and all third party contributors do not accept any legal responsibility or liability for the content or accuracy of the information provided or for any loss or damage arising directly or indirectly from reliance on the use of such information. Notwithstanding the generality of the foregoing, if we are informed of errors, we will try to correct them. This section does not constitute legal advice. We only provide a description of the law as it stands at the time of writing.
Although we try to update it with changes in the law, we do not guarantee that it is up to date. The distinction between the categories of non-restricted and restricted firearms is made in the Firearms (Licensed Firearms and Restricted Ammunition) Order 2008  and the Firearms (Restricted Firearms and Ammunition) Order 2009 (Amendment).  The distinction between non-restricted and restricted firearms was established by establishing a list of non-restricted firearms and the classification of all other restricted firearms as restricted firearms. This has led to notable legislative omissions; For example, crossbows are legally authorised firearms in Ireland because, at the time of writing these regulations, no one had thought of including them in the list of non-restricted firearms (crossbows were included in the category of firearms in the Irish Act with the Firearms Act 1990, other bow shapes are not legal firearms in Ireland). In addition, the majority of paintball markers in Ireland are legally classified as short-restricted firearms and therefore cannot be legally authorised under the Firearms Act 2009 (and strictly speaking, prison sentences and significant fines could result from prosecution). Airsoft replicas were not removed from the firearms category prior to the Firearms Act, 2006; Before that, there was no lower limit of muzzle energy before an item could be classified as a firearm. This led to the unusual situation where the laws that applied to everything from a Nerf dart cannon to a 20mm anti-tank rifle were identical. After 2006, a lower muzzle energy limit of 1 joule was introduced for air rifles (as opposed to the European standard of 7.5 joules and the UK limit of 16.27 joules (12 feet pounds) for air rifles and 8.13 joules (6 pounds) for air pistols).
Paintball markers remain legally classified as firearms in Ireland. Sean Mulroy, ITFAS` Head of Public Relations, explains this idea. „Traditional archers tend to be amateurs – they like to make their own arrows; Some people even make their own bows. It`s really more of a hobby than a serious sport. If you were attending an event with both traditional and non-traditional archers, there should be a serious compromise in setting up the course. High-tech bows are almost like high-performance rifles, so you want to shoot for very long distances with very small targets. The traditional style is more similar to simulated hunting. Not surprisingly, there are many items that it is illegal to produce, sell or rent or offer for sale or rent, exhibition or property for the purpose of selling or renting or renting or lending or giving to another person, but the sheets are not on this list. If it`s not on the list, it`s legal. And the practical thing is that while it`s illegal to hunt with a bow in Ireland in all circumstances – you can`t even get a license to do it like you can with a gun – owning archery for archery purposes on the ground is open to everyone. More than 168 judicial review cases were brought before the High Court between 2010 and 2013 in a long series of court cases, all related to controversial licensing decisions. Three of these cases were considered „test cases” by the Department of Justice (Irish court rules do not allow class actions, so each case had to be considered separately), and the policy regarding firearms licences should be determined based on the outcome of these cases, according to the Ministerial Briefing Paper for the newly elected Minister of Justice.
Alan Shatter In one of these three cases, it was found that a senior Garda official had changed the application forms after the trial began; As a result, all 168 cases were settled out of court. This Ordinance was amended in 2009. What is the position on crossbows, spear guns, paintball markers and air guns such as air rifles? Crossbows, spears and all air rifles with a muzzle velocity greater than one joule (including paintball marks) are legally considered firearms and must hold a licence. The bow is not listed as a prohibited weapon in the Criminal Justice Act (1988, section 141), which means that it is legal to make one`s own bow and arrows and to buy and sell archery equipment (see exceptions for crossbows below). They are lined up with linen, the arrows are all made of wood, and the only concessions to modernity are a little fiberglass on the curved bows to prevent them from deforming, and the plastic „nock” at the end of the arrow. Any type of venue, scales or other shooting aids found in Olympic target archery is strictly prohibited. As one member put it, „It`s just you and the bow.” Who are they, what is archery on the field and how does it compare to the boring things you see on TV during the Olympics? Antoinette Truman, president of the Warriors of Queen Maeve – a local branch of the company – explains. „Traditional archery in the field is very much based on the use of old-fashioned wooden bows – we don`t use modern bows at all,” she says. The two main clubs in Ireland are the Warriors of Queen Maeve and the Dã©isi based in Dungarvan, Co Waterford. And the practical thing is that although it is illegal to hunt with a bow in Ireland in all circumstances – you can`t even get a license for it as you can with a gun – the possession of archery for archery purposes on the ground is open to everyone.
So you don`t have to worry about someone cutting off your fingers if they find you one. If you want to hunt on private land, get a firearms license and hunt. Bow hunting is illegal in Ireland under the Wildlife Act. If you want to hunt on private land, get a firearms license and hunt. Bow hunting is illegal in Ireland under the Wildlife Act. As of today, a ban on samurai swords applies. The order introduced by Justice Minister Dermot Ahern as part of the measures to combat knife crime makes it illegal to sell, import, buy or possess swords. Those caught with the weapons could face up to seven years in prison. A criminal is able to buy and own a compound bow. State laws state that since a composite bow is not considered a firearm, it is legal for a criminal to own one.