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Gun Barrel Proof Act 1868

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21 Official and elected Guardians after the Commencement of this Act.E+W+S+N.I.

On and after the Commencement of this Act the Guardians of the Birmingham Proof House (in this Act called “the Guardians”) shall consist of the following Persons; to wit, all [F1justices for the petty sessional division of Birmingham], and three Members of [F2Birmingham City Council] nominated and appointed annually by the said Council on the same Day as the Election of [F3Lord Mayor] is directed to take place, which Justices and Members of the Council are in this Act called “the official Guardians,” and the Fifteen Persons appointed by and to be elected under this Act, which Fifteen Persons are in this Act called “the elected Guardians,” who shall be or shall have been Master Gunmakers or Master Gun Barrel Makers carrying on Business in or within Ten Miles of F4...Birmingham; and every Person for the Time being representing an incorporated Joint Stock Company on the Register of the Birmingham Gun Trade shall for the Purposes of this Provision be deemed a Master Gunmaker or Master Gun Barrel Maker carrying on Business as aforesaid; provided that if any Guardian nominated and appointed by [F2Birmingham City Council] shall die, resign, or cease to be a Member of the said Council, the said Council at the next Quarterly Meeting after the happening of such Vacancy may nominate and appoint another Member of the said Council in his Place, and every Guardian so nominated and appointed shall continue in Office until the next annual Nomination and Appointment shall be made by the said Council; provided also, that the Powers of the Guardians shall not be dependent on the Number of elected Guardians from Time to Time amounting to Fifteen, or on all the elected Guardians being or having been Master Gunmakers or Master Gun Barrel Makers, or on the Nomination or Appointment of any Members by the said Council being duly made.

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