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Explanatory Memorandum to Firearms (Northern Ireland) Order 2004

  • Explanatory Memorandum Table of contents

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  1. Introduction

  2. Policy Objectives

  3. Background

  4. Main Elements of the Order

  5. Notes on Articles

    1. Article 1 - Title and Commencement

    2. Article 2 – Interpretation

    3. Article 3 - Firearm certificate required

    4. Article 4 - Application for firearm certificate

    5. Article 5 - Grant of firearm certificate

    6. Article 6 - Conditions

    7. Article 7 - Grant of a firearm certificate to young persons

    8. Article 8- Content and duration of firearm certificate

    9. Article 9Revocation of firearm certificate

    10. Article 10 – Consequences of revocation

    11. Article 11 – Variation of firearm certificate

    12. Article 12 – Certificate for prohibited weapon

    13. Article 13 – Surrender, of firearms on expiration of firearm certificate

    14. Article 14 – Museum firearms licence

    15. Article 15 – Visitors’ firearm permits

    16. Article 16 – Revocation or variation of visitor’s firearm permit

    17. Article 17 – Firearm certificates and shotgun certificates granted in Great Britain

    18. Article 18 – Air Guns held without a firearm certificate in Great Britain

    19. Article 19 – Issue of European firearms pass

    20. Article 20 - Duration of a European firearms pass.

    21. Article 21 – Renewal of European firearms pass

    22. Article 22 – Article 7 authorities

    23. Article 23 – Variation, endorsement, of European documents

    24. Article 24 – Firearms dealer’s certificate required

    25. Article 26 – Grant of firearms dealer’s certificate

    26. Article 27 – Conditions

    27. Article 28 – Content and duration of firearms dealer’s certificate

    28. Article 29 – Revocation or variation of firearms dealer’s certificate

    29. Article 30 – Consequences of expiration or revocation of firearms dealer’s certificate

    30. Article 31 – Places of business: addition to certificate

    31. Article 32 – Places of business: removal from certificate

    32. Article 33 – Consequences where dealer convicted of an offence

    33. Article 34 – Exemptions from Article 24 for auctioneers

    34. Article 35 – Occasional permits

    35. Article 36 – Revocation or variation of occasional permit

    36. Article 37 - Business and other transactions with firearms and ammunition

    37. Article 38 – Record of transactions in firearms

    38. Article 39 – Transfers of firearms and ammunition to be in person

    39. Article 40 – Notification of dealings involving firearms

    40. Article 41 – Notification of loss, repair or deactivation of firearms,

    41. Article 42 – Notification of disposal or destruction, taking place outside Northern Ireland

    42. Article 43Purchase or acquisition of firearms in other member States

    43. Article 44 – Firearms acquired for export

    44. Article 45 – Weapons subject to general prohibition

    45. Article 46 – Exemptions from the requirement of authority under Article 45

    46. Article 47 – Possession of firearms on service premises

    47. Article 48 - Power to prohibit movement of firearms and ammunition

    48. Article 49 - Authorisation of firearms clubs

    49. Article 50 – Revocation or variation of authorisation

    50. Article 51 – Power of entry

    51. Article 52 - Power of search with warrant

    52. Article 53 - Powers of constable to stop and search

    53. Article 54 - Production of firearms for ballistic and other tests

    54. Article 55 - Production of certificates,

    55. Article 56 - Police powers in relation to firearms traffic

    56. Article 57 - Seizure and detention of firearms and ammunition

    57. Article 58 - Possession with intent

    58. Article 59 - Use of firearm to resist arrest

    59. Article 60 - Carrying firearm with criminal intent

    60. Article 61 - Carrying or Discharging a firearm in a public place

    61. Article 62 - Trespassing with firearm

    62. Article 63 - Prohibition of possession, of firearm by certain persons

    63. Article 64 - Possession of firearm or ammunition in suspicious circumstances

    64. Article 65 - Possession of loaded firearm while drunk or under influence of drugs

    65. Article 66 - Supplying firearm or ammunition to person who is drunk,

    66. Article 67 - Conversion of weapons

    67. Article 68 - Defences

    68. Article 69 - Prosecution and punishment of offences

    69. Article 70 - Minimum sentence for certain offences

    70. Article 71 - Power by order to exclude application of minimum sentence to those under 18

    71. Article 72 - Forfeiture and disposal of firearms; cancellation of certificate by convicting court

    72. Article 73 - False statements

    73. Article 74 - Appeal from decision of Chief Constable

    74. Article 75 - Fees

    75. Article 76 - Application of Order to imitation firearms which are readily convertible into firearms

    76. Article 77 - Application of Order to Crown servants

    77. Article 78 - Application of certain provisions of this Order to police

    78. Article 79 - Delegation of functions

    79. Article 80 - Regulations and orders

    80. Article 81 - Saving and transitional provisions

    81. Article 82 - Amendments and appeals

    82. Schedule 1 - Exemptions

    83. Paragraph 1 - Firearms dealers

    84. Paragraph 2 - Auctioneers, carriers and warehousemen

    85. Paragraph 3 - Slaughter of animals

    86. Paragraph 4 - Equipment for ships and aircraft

    87. Paragraph 5 - Sporting purposes

    88. Paragraph 6 - Athletics meetings,

    89. Paragraph 7 - Firearms clubs

    90. Paragraph 8 - Recreation facilities

    91. Paragraph 9 - Air guns and ammunition

    92. Paragraph 10 - Rifles

    93. Paragraph 11 - Shotguns

    94. Paragraph 12 - Theatre and cinema

    95. Schedule 2 – Firearms and ammunition in museums

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