Government of New Brunswick


It is necessary to have a valid firearms licence in order to possess or borrow a firearm or ammunition.


As a general rule, the following requirements must be met to be eligible for a minor's licence:

- The applicant must be at least 12 years old and under 18 years old. They must complete the Canadian Firearms Safety Course and pass the tests before they apply for a licence.

- A firearms officer will interview the applicant or their parent/guardian, who must first agree and consent to the conditions under which the minor may use firearms, before a minor's licence will be issued.

For eligibility criteria for indigenous minors and those who need to hunt and trap for sustenance purposes, please contact the Provincial Firearms Office directly.


A minor's licence permits the borrowing of non-restricted firearms (ordinary rifles and shotguns) for the following activities:

- target practice
- organized shooting competitions
- hunting
- being instructed in the use of firearms

A minor's licence also permits the acquisition of ammunition.

For additional information and/or applications for a Possession Only Licence for Minors please contact the Provincial Firearms Office at [email protected]

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