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Firearms (Amendment) Act 1936

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15Interpretation

(1)For the purposes of this Act the following expressions have, subject to the provisions of this section, the meanings hereby respectively assigned to them :—

  • " Ammunition " means ammunition for any firearm as hereafter defined in this subsection, and includes grenades, bombs and other like missiles whether capable of use with such a firearm or not, and prohibited ammunition;

  • "Area" means a police area as defined in section thirty of the Police Pensions Act, 1921;

  • " Chief officer of police " has the meaning assigned to it by the said section thirty;

  • " Firearm " means any lethal barrelled weapon of any description from which any shot, bullet or other missile can be discharged, and shall include any prohibited weapon, whether it is such a lethal weapon as aforesaid or not, any component part of any such lethal or prohibited weapon and any accessory to any such weapon designed or adapted to diminish the noise or flash caused by firing the weapon;

  • " The principal Act" means the Firearms Act, 1920, as amended by any subsequent enactment, including unless the context otherwise requires, this Act;

  • "Prohibited ammunition" means any such ammunition as is referred to in subsection (1) of section six of the principal Act;

  • "Slaughtering instrument" means a firearm which is specially designed or adapted for the instantaneous slaughter of animals or for the instantaneous stunning of animals with a view to slaughtering them.

(2)For the purposes of the principal Act the expressions "ammunition," "chief officer of police" and "firearm" shall, subject to the provisions of this section, have the meanings respectively assigned to them by the last foregoing subsection, and the expressions "district" and "police district" shall have the meaning assigned to the expression "area" by that subsection.

(3)Notwithstanding anything in the foregoing provisions of this section, a Secretary of State may make rules under section fifteen of the principal Act for enabling all or any of the functions of a chief officer of police to be discharged by deputy in the event of the illness or absence, or a vacancy in the office, of the chief officer of police.

(4)For the purpose of the provisions of sections one and two, subsection (1b) of section three and sections eight and ten of the principal Act, and for the purpose of any provision of this Act amending or extending any of the said provisions, the following weapons, and component parts thereof and accessories thereto, shall not be deemed to be firearms, namely,—

(a)a smooth bore gun having a barrel not less than twenty inches in length;

(b)an air gun, air rifle or air pistol not being of a type declared by rules made by the Secretary of State under section fifteen of the principal Act to be specially dangerous.

(5)For the purpose of the provisions mentioned in the last foregoing subsection, the following articles shall not be deemed to be ammunition, namely,—

(a)cartridges containing five or more shot none of which exceeds nine twenty-fifths of an inch in diameter ;

(b)ammunition for an air gun or air rifle or air pistol ;

(c)blank cartridges not exceeding one inch in diameter.

(6)For the purpose of the Firearms and Imitation Firearms (Criminal Use) Act, 1933, the expression " firearm " shall mean any lethal barrelled weapon of any description from which any shot, bullet or other missile can be discharged, and shall include any prohibited weapon, whether it is such a lethal weapon as aforesaid or not, and the expression " imitation firearm " shall mean anything which has. the appearance of being a firearm as defined in this subsection (other than such a prohibited weapon as is mentioned in subsection (1) of section six of the principal Act) whether it is capable of discharging any shot, bullet or other missile or not.

(7)For the purpose of this Act the length of the barrel of a firearm shall be measured from the muzzle to the point at which the charge is exploded on firing, and the diameter of a cartridge shall be measured immediately in front of the rim or cannelure of the base of the cartridge.

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