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Firearms Act 1968

1968 CHAPTER 27

An Act to consolidate the Firearms Acts 1937 and 1965, the Air Guns and Shot Guns, etc. , Act 1962, Part V of the Criminal Justice Act 1967 and certain enactments amending the Firearms Act 1937.

[30th May 1968]

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C1Act extended by S.I. 1972/971, Sch. 1

C2Act extended with modifications by Firearms Act 1982 (c. 31, SIF 51:1), s. 1(2)

C3Act amended by Firearms (Amendment) Act 1988 (c. 45, SIF 51:1), ss. 8, 25(4)

Act amended (1.7.1997) by 1997 c. 5, s. 48(a); S.I. 1997/1535, art. 3, Sch. Pt. I

Act amended (prosp.) by 1997 c. 5, ss. 12(2), 53(3) (which amending s. 12(2) was repealed (17.12.1997) by 1997 c. 64, s. 2(7), Sch.; S.I. 1997/3114, art. 3, Sch. Pt. I)

C4Definitions of "ammunition" and "firearm" in this Act applied (E.W.) (25.10.1991) by Deer Act 1991 (c. 54, SIF 4:3), ss.16, 18(3)

C5By Criminal Justice Act 1991 (c. 53, SIF 39:1), S. 101(1), Sch. 12 para.23; S.I. 1991/2208, art. 2(1), Sch.1 it is provided (14.10. 1991) that in relation to any time before the commencement of s. 70 of that 1991 Act (which came into force on 1.10.1992 by S.I. 1992/333, art. 2(2), Sch. 2) references in any enactment amended by that 1991 Act, to youth courts shall be construed as references to juvenile courts.

C6Act applied (1.7.1997) by 1997 c. 5, s. 50(2)(3); S.I. 1997/1535, art. 3, Sch. Pt. I

Commencement Information

I1Act wholly in force at 1.8.1968, see s. 60(2)

Part IE+W+S Provisions as to Possession, Handling and Distribution of Weapons and Ammunition; Prevention of Crime and Measures to Protect Public Safety

General restrictions on possession and handling of firearms and ammunitionE+W+S

1 Requirement of firearm certificate.E+W+S

(1)Subject to any exemption under this Act, it is an offence for a person—

(a)to have in his possession, or to purchase or acquire, a firearm to which this section applies without holding a firearm certificate in force at the time, or otherwise than as authorised by such a certificate;

(b)to have in his possession, or to purchase or acquire, any ammunition to which this section applies without holding a firearm certificate in force at the time, or otherwise than as authorised by such a certificate, or in quantities in excess of those so authorised.

(2)It is an offence for a person to fail to comply with a condition subject to which a firearm certificate is held by him.

(3)This section applies to every firearm except—

[F1(a)a shot gun within the meaning of this Act, that is to say a smooth-bore gun (not being an air gun) which—

(i)has a barrel not less than 24 inches in length and does not have any barrel with a bore exceeding 2 inches in diameter;

(ii)either has no magazine or has a non-detachable magazine incapable of holding more than two cartridges; and

(iii)is not a revolver gun; and]

(b)an air weapon (that is to say, an air rifle, air gun or air pistol [F2which does not fall within section 5(1) and which is] not of a type declared by rules made by the Secretary of State under section 53 of this Act to be specially dangerous).

[F3(3A)A gun which has been adapted to have such a magazine as is mentioned in subsection (3)(a)(ii) above shall not be regarded as falling within that provision unless the magazine bears a mark approved by the Secretary of State for denoting that fact and that mark has been made, and the adaptation has been certified in writing as having been carried out in a manner approved by him, either by one of the two companies mentioned in section 58(1) of this Act or by such other person as may be approved by him for that purpose.]

(4)This section applies to any ammunition for a firearm, except the following articles, namely:—

(a)cartridges containing five or more shot, none of which exceeds ·36 inch in diameter;

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

(c)blank cartridges not more than one inch in diameter measured immediately in front of the rim or cannelure of the base of the cartridge.

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F2Words inserted (20.1.2004) by Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003 (2003 c. 38), ss. 39(2)(c)(ii), 93; S.I. 2003/3300, art. 2

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2 Requirement of certificate for possession of shot guns.E+W+S

(1)Subject to any exemption under this Act, it is an offence for a person to have in his possession, or to purchase or acquire, a shot gun without holding a certificate under this Act authorising him to possess shot guns.

(2)It is an offence for a person to fail to comply with a condition subject to which a shot gun certificate is held by him.

3 Business and other transactions with firearms and ammunition.E+W+S

(1)A person commits an offence if, by way of trade or business, he—

(a)manufactures, sells, transfers, repairs, tests or proves any firearm or ammunition to which section 1 of this Act applies, or a shot gun; F4. . .

(b)exposes for sale or transfer, or has in his possession for sale, transfer, repair, test or proof any such firearm or ammunition, or a shot gun, [F5or

(c)sells or transfers an air weapon, exposes such a weapon for sale or transfer or has such a weapon in his possession for sale or transfer,]

without being registered under this Act as a firearms dealer.

(2)It is an offence for a person to sell or transfer to any other person in the United Kingdom, other than a registered firearms dealer, any firearm or ammunition to which section 1 of this Act applies, or a shot gun, unless that other produces a firearm certificate authorising him to purchase or acquire it or, as the case may be, his shot gun certificate, or shows that he is by virtue of this Act entitled to purchase or acquire it without holding a certificate.

(3)It is an offence for a person to undertake the repair, test or proof of a firearm or ammunition to which section 1 of this Act applies, or of a shot gun, for any other person in the United Kingdom other than a registered firearms dealer as such, unless that other produces or causes to be produced a firearm certificate authorising him to have possession of the firearm or ammunition or, as the case may be, his shot gun certificate, or shows that he is by virtue of this Act entitled to have possession of it without holding a certificate.

(4)Subsections (1) to (3) above have effect subject to any exemption under subsequent provisions of this Part of this Act.

(5)A person commits an offence if, with a view to purchasing or acquiring, or procuring the repair, test or proof of, any firearm or ammunition to which section 1 of this Act applies, or a shot gun, he produces a false certificate or a certificate in which any false entry has been made, or personates a person to whom a certificate has been granted, or [F6knowingly or recklessly makes a statement false in any material particular].

(6)It is an offence for a pawnbroker to take in pawn any firearm or ammunition to which section 1 of this Act applies, or a shot gun.

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4 Conversion of weapons.E+W+S

(1)Subject to this section, it is an offence to shorten the barrel of a shot gun to a length less than 24 inches.

(2)It is not an offence under subsection (1) above for a registered firearms dealer to shorten the barrel of a shot gun for the sole purpose of replacing a defective part of the barrel so as to produce a barrel not less than 24 inches in length.

(3)It is an offence for a person other than a registered firearms dealer to convert into a firearm anything which, though having the appearance of being a firearm, is so constructed as to be incapable of discharging any missile through its barrel.

(4)A person who commits an offence under section 1 of this Act by having in his possession, or purchasing or acquiring, a shotgun which has been shortened contrary to subsection (1) above or a firearm which has been [F7converted as mentioned in subsection (3) above] (whether by a registered firearms dealer or not), without holding a firearm certificate authorising him to have it in his possession, or to purchase or acquire it, shall be treated for the purposes of provisions of this Act relating to the punishment of offences as committing that offence in an aggravated form.

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Prohibition of certain weapons and control of arms trafficE+W+S

5 Weapons subject to general prohibition.E+W+S

(1)A person commits an offence if, without the authority of the Defence Council [F8or the Scottish Ministers (by virtue of provision made under section 63 of the Scotland Act 1998)], he has in his possession, or purchases or acquires, or manufactures, sells or transfers—

[F9(a)any firearm which is so designed or adapted that two or more missiles can be successively discharged without repeated pressure on the trigger;

(ab)any self-loading or pump-action [F10rifled gun] other than one which is chambered for .22 rim-fire cartridges;

[F11(aba)any firearm which either has a barrel less than 30 centimetres in length or is less than 60 centimetres in length overall, other than an air weapon, F12. . . a muzzle-loading gun or a firearm designed as signalling apparatus;]

(ac)any self-loading or pump-action smooth-bore gun which is not [F13an air weapon or] chambered for .22 rim-fire cartridges and either has a barrel less than 24 inches in length or F14. . . is less than 40 inches in length overall;

(ad)any smooth-bore revolver gun other than one which is chambered for 9mm. rim-fire cartridges or [F15a muzzle-loading gun];

(ae)any rocket launcher, or any mortar, for projecting a stabilised missile, other than a launcher or mortar designed for line-throwing or pyrotechnic purposes or as signalling apparatus;]

[F16(af)any air rifle, air gun or air pistol which uses, or is designed or adapted for use with, a self-contained gas cartridge system;]

(b)any weapon of whatever description designed or adapted for the discharge of any noxious liquid, gas or other thing; and

[F17(c)any cartridge with a bullet designed to explode on or immediately before impact, any ammunition containing or designed or adapted to contain any such noxious thing as is mentioned in paragraph (b) above and, if capable of being used with a firearm of any description, any grenade, bomb (or other like missile), or rocket or shell designed to explode as aforesaid.]

[F18(1A)Subject to section 5A of this Act, a person commits an offence if, without the authority of the Secretary of State [F8or the Scottish Ministers (by virtue of provision made under section 63 of the Scotland Act 1998], he has in his possession, or purchases or acquires, or sells or transfers—

(a)any firearm which is disguised as another object;

(b)any rocket or ammunition not falling within paragraph (c) of subsection (1) of this section which consists in or incorporates a missile designed to explode on or immediately before impact and is for military use;

(c)any launcher or other projecting apparatus not falling within paragraph (ae) of that subsection which is designed to be used with any rocket or ammunition falling within paragraph (b) above or with ammunition which would fall within that paragraph but for its being ammunition falling within paragraph (c) of that subsection;

(d)any ammunition for military use which consists in or incorporates a missile designed so that a substance contained in the missile will ignite on or immediately before impact;

(e)any ammunition for military use which consists in or incorporates a missile designed, on account of its having a jacket and hard-core, to penetrate armour plating, armour screening or body armour;

[F19(f)any ammunition which incorporates a missile designed or adapted to expand on impact;]

(g)anything which is designed to be projected as a missile from any weapon and is designed to be, or has been, incorporated in—

(i)any ammunition falling within any of the preceding paragraphs; or

(ii)any ammunition which would fall within any of those paragraphs but for its being specified in subsection (1) of this section.]

(2)The weapons and ammunition specified in [F20subsections (1) and (1A) of this section (including, in the case of ammunition, any missiles falling within subsection (1A)(g) of this section)]are referred to in this Act as “prohibited weapons” and “prohibited ammunition” respectively.

(3)An authority given to a person by the Defence Council [F8 or the Scottish Ministers (by virtue of provision made under section 63 of the Scotland Act 1998]under this section shall be in writing and be subject to conditions specified therein.

(4)The conditions of the authority shall include such as the Defence Council [F8or, where the authority is given by them (by virtue of provision made under section 63 of the Scotland Act 1998], having regard to the circumstances of each particular case, think fit to impose for the purpose of securing that the prohibited weapon or ammunition to which the authority relates will not endanger the public safety or the peace.

(5)It is an offence for a person to whom an authority is given under this section to fail to comply with any condition of the authority.

(6)The Defence Council may at any time, if they think fit, revoke an authority given to a person under this section by notice in writing requiring him to deliver up the authority to such person as may be specified in the notice within twenty-one days from the date of the notice; and it is an offence for him to fail to comply with that requirement.

[F21(7)For the purposes of this section and section 5A of this Act—

(a)any rocket or ammunition which is designed to be capable of being used with a military weapon shall be taken to be for military use;

(b)references to a missile designed so that a substance contained in the missile will ignite on or immediately before impact include references to any missile containing a substance that ignites on exposure to air; and

(c)references to a missile’s expanding on impact include references to its deforming in any predictable manner on or immediately after impact.]

[F22(8)For the purposes of subsection (1)(aba) and (ac) above, any detachable, folding, retractable or other movable butt-stock shall be disregarded in measuring the length of any firearm.

F22(9)Any reference in this section to a muzzle-loading gun is a reference to a gun which is designed to be loaded at the muzzle end of the barrel or chamber with a loose charge and a separate ball (or other missile).]

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F10Word in s. 5(1)(ab) substituted (1.7.1997) by 1997 c. 5, s. 1(3); S.I. 1997/1535, art. 3, Sch. Pt. I (with art. 5)

F12Words in s. 5(1)(aba) repealed (1.2.1998) by 1997 c. 64, ss. 1, 2(7), Sch.; S.I. 1997/3114, art. 4, Sch. Pt. II (with art. 5)

F13Words in s. 5(1)(ac) inserted (1.7.1997) by 1997 c. 5, s. 1(4); S.I. 1997/1535, art. 3, Sch. Pt. I

F15Words in s. 5(1)(ad) substitute4 (1.7.1997) by 1997 c. 5, s. 1(5); S.I. 1997/1535, art. 3, Sch. Pt. I

F16S. 5(1)(af) inserted (20.1.2004 for certain purposes and 30.4.2004 in so far as not already in force) by Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003 (c. 38), ss. 39(3)-(5), 93; S.I. 2003/3300, arts 2(c)(iii), 5

F18S. 5(1A) inserted (1.1.1993) by S.I. 1992/2823, reg. 3(1)

F20Words in s. 5(2) substituted (1.1.1993) by S.I. 1992/2823, reg. 3(2)

F21S. 5(7) inserted (1.1.1993) by S.I. 1992/2823, reg. 3(3)

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C8S. 5 transfer of certain functions (S.) (1.7.1999) by S.I. 1999/1750, art. 2, Sch. 1; S.I. 1998/3178, art. 3

C9S. 5: transfer of certain functions (1.11.1968) by S.I.1968/1200, art. 2

C10S. 5 amended (1.7.1997) by 1997 c. 5, s. 1(7); S.I. 1997/1535, art. 3, Sch. Pt. I

C11Power to amend s. 5(1) conferred by Firearms (Amendment) Act 1988 (c. 45, SIF 51:1), s. 1(4)

[F235AExemptions from requirement of authority under s.5.E+W+S

(1)Subject to subsection (2) below, the authority of the Secretary of State [F24or the Scottish Ministers (by virtue of provision made under section 63 of the Scotland Act 1998)] shall not be required by virtue of subsection (1A) of section 5 of this Act for any person to have in his possession, or to purchase, acquire, sell or transfer, any prohibited weapon or ammuni tion if he is authorised by a certificate under this Act to possess, purchase or acquire that weapon or ammunition subject to a condition that he does so only for the purpose of its being kept or exhibited as part of a collection.

(2)No sale or transfer may be made under subsection (1) above except to a person who—

(a)produces the authority of the Secretary of State [F24or the Scottish Ministers (by virtue of provision made under section 63 of the Scotland Act 1998)] under section 5 of this Act for his purchase or acquisition; or

(b)shows that he is, under this section or a licence under the Schedule to the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1988 (museums etc.), entitled to make the purchase or acquisition without the authority of the Secretary of State [F24or the Scottish Ministers (by virtue of provision made under section 63 of the Scotland Act 1998)].

(3)The authority of the Secretary of State [F24or the Scottish Ministers (by virtue of provision made under section 63 of the Scotland Act 1998)] shall not be required by virtue of subsection (1A) of section 5 of this Act for any person to have in his possession, or to purchase or acquire, any prohibited weapon or ammunition if his possession, purchase or acquisition is exclusively in connection with the carrying on of activities in respect of which—

(a)that person; or

(b)the person on whose behalf he has possession, or makes the purchase or acquisition,

is recognised, for the purposes of the law of another member State relating to firearms, as a collector of firearms or a body concerned in the cultural or historical aspects of weapons.

(4)The authority of the Secretary of State [F24or the Scottish Ministers (by virtue of provision made under section 63 of the Scotland Act 1998)] shall not be required by virtue of subsection (1A) of section 5 of this Act for any person to have in his possession, or to purchase or acquire [F25, or to sell or transfer,], any expanding ammunition or the missile for any such ammunition if—

[F26(a)he is authorised by a firearm certificate or visitor’s firearm permit to possess, or purchase or acquire, any expanding ammunition; and

(b)the certificate or permit is subject to a condition restricting the use of any expanding ammunition to use in connection with any one or more of the following, namely—

(i)the lawful shooting of deer;

(ii)the shooting of vermin or, in the course of carrying on activities in connection with the management of any estate, other wildlife;

(iii)the humane killing of animals;

(iv)the shooting of animals for the protection of other animals or humans.]

(5)The authority of the Secretary of State [F24or the Scottish Ministers (by virtue of provision made under section 63 of the Scotland Act 1998)] shall not be required by virtue of subsection (1A) of section 5 of this Act for any person to have in his possession any expanding ammunition or the missile for any such ammunition if—

(a)he is entitled, under section 10 of this Act, to have a slaughtering instrument and the ammunition for it in his possession; and

(b)the ammunition or missile in question is designed to be capable of being used with a slaughtering instrument.

(6)The authority of the Secretary of State [F27or the Scottish Ministers (by virtue of provision made under section 63 of the Scotland Act 1998)] shall not be required by virtue of subsection (1A) of section 5 of this Act for the sale or transfer of any expanding ammunition or the missile for any such ammunition to any person who produces a certificate by virtue of which he is authorised under subsection (4) above to purchase or acquire it without the authority of the Secretary of State [F27or, in the case of an authority which they may give (by virtue of provision made under section 63 of the Scotland Act 1998), the Scottish Ministers].

[F28(7)The authority of the Secretary of State [F24or the Scottish Ministers (by virtue of provision made under section 63 of the Scotland Act 1998)]shall not be required by virtue of subsection (1A) of section 5 of this Act for a person carrying on the business of a firearms dealer, or any servant of his, to have in his possession, or to purchase, acquire, sell or transfer, any expanding ammunition or the missile for any such ammunition in the ordinary course of that business.]

(8)In this section—

(a)references to expanding ammunition are references to any ammunition which F29. . . incorporates a missile which is designed to expand on impact; and

(b)references to the missile for any such ammunition are references to anything which, in relation to any such ammuni tion, falls within section 5(1A)(g) of this Act.]

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F23S. 5A inserted (1.1.1993) by S.I. 1992/2823, reg. 3(4)

F29Words in s. 5A(8) repealed (1.7.1997) by 1997 c. 5, s. 10(8); S.I. 1997/1535, art. 3(b), Sch. Pt. I

6 Power to prohibit movement of arms and ammunition.E+W+S

(1)The Secretary of State may by order prohibit the removal of firearms or ammunition—

(a)from one place to another in Great Britain; or

[F30(b)from Great Britain to Northern Ireland; or]

(c)for export from Great Britain,

unless the removal is authorised by the chief officer of police for the area from which they are to be removed, and unless such other conditions as may be specified in the order are complied with.

[F31(1A)The Secretary of State may by order prohibit the removal of firearms or ammunition from Great Britain to Northern Ireland unless—

(a)the removal is authorised by the chief officer of police for the area from which they are to be removed and by the Chief Constable of the Royal Ulster Constabulary; and

(b)such conditions as may be specified in the order or imposed by the chief officer of police or the Chief Constable are complied with.]

(2)An order under this section may apply—

(a)either generally to all such removals, or to removals from and to particular localities specified in the order; and

(b)either to all firearms and ammunition or to firearms and ammunition of such classes and descriptions as may be so specified; and

(c)either to all modes of conveyance or to such modes of conveyance as may be so specified;

but no such order shall prohibit the holder of a firearm certificate from carrying with him any firearm or ammunition authorised by the certificate to be so carried.

(3)It is an offence to contravene any provision of—

(a)an order made under this section; or

(b)an order made under section 9 of the M1Firearms Act 1920 (the former enactment corresponding to section 18 of the M2Firearms Act 1937 and this section); or

(c)any corresponding Northern Irish order, that is to say an order made under the said section 9 as extending to Northern Ireland or under any enactment of the Parliament of Northern Ireland repealing and re-enacting that section, prohibiting the removal of firearms or ammunition from Northern Ireland to Great Britain.

(4)An order under this section shall be made by statutory instrument and may be varied or revoked by a subsequent order made thereunder by the Secretary of State.

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F30S. 6(1)(b) (which is superseded by a new subsection (1A) ) repealed (2.4.1991) by Firearms (Amendment) Act 1988 (c. 45, SIF 51:1), s. 20(2)(3)

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Special exemptions from sections 1 to 5E+W+S

7 Police permit.E+W+S

(1)A person who has obtained from the chief officer of police for the area in which he resides a permit for the purpose in the prescribed form may, without holding a certificate under this Act, have in his possession a firearm and ammunition in accordance with the terms of the permit.

(2)It is an offence for a person [F32knowingly or recklessly to make a statement false in any material particular] for the purpose of procuring, whether for himself or for another person, the grant of a permit under this section.

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8 Authorised dealing with firearms.E+W+S

(1)A person carrying on the business of a firearms dealer and registered as such under this Act, or a servant of such a person may, without holding a certificate, have in his possession, or purchase or acquire, a firearm or ammunition in the ordinary course of that business.

[F33(1A)Subsection (1) above applies to the possession, purchase or acquisition of a firearm or ammunition in the ordinary course of the business of a firearms dealer notwithstanding that the firearm or ammunition is in the possession of, or purchased or acquired by, the dealer or his servant at a place which is not a place of business of the dealer or which he has not registered as a place of business under section 33 or 37 of this Act.]

(2)It is not an offence under section 3(2) of this Act for a person—

(a)to part with the possession of any firearm or ammunition, otherwise than in pursuance of a contract of sale or hire or by way of gift or loan, to a person who shows that he is by virtue of this Act entitled to have possession of the firearm or ammunition without holding a certificate; or

(b)to return to another person a shot gun which he has lawfully undertaken to repair, test or prove for the other.

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9 Carriers, auctioneers, etc.E+W+S

(1)A person carrying on the business of an auctioneer, carrier or warehouseman, or a servant of such a person, may, without holding a certificate, have in his possession a firearm or ammunition in the ordinary course of that business.

(2)It is not an offence under section 3(1) of this Act for an auctioneer to sell by auction, expose for sale by auction or have in his possession for sale by auction a firearm or ammunition without being registered as a firearms dealer, if he has obtained from the chief officer of police for the area in which the auction is held a permit for that purpose in the prescribed form and complies with the terms of the permit.

(3)It is an offence for a person [F34knowingly or recklessly to make a statement false in any material particular] for the purpose of procuring, either for himself or for another person, the grant of a permit under subsection (2) of this section.

(4)It is not an offence under section 3(2) of this Act for a carrier or warehouseman, or a servant of a carrier or warehouseman, to deliver any firearm or ammunition in the ordinary course of his business or employment as such.

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10 Slaughter of animals.E+W+S

(1)A person licensed under [F35the Welfare of Animals (Slaughter or Killing) Regulations 1995 to slaughter horses, cattle, sheep, swine or goats] may, without holding a certificate, have in his possession a slaughtering instrument and ammunition therefor in any slaughterhouse or knacker’s yard in which he is employed.

(2)The proprietor of a slaughterhouse or knacker’s yard or a person appointed by him to take charge of slaughtering instruments and ammunition therefor for the purpose of storing them in safe custody at that slaughterhouse or knacker’s yard may, without holding a certificate, have in his possession a slaughtering instrument or ammunition therefor for that purpose.

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F35Words in s. 10(1) substituted (1.4.1995) by S.I. 1995/731, reg. 28(2), Sch. 14 para. 1

11 Sports, athletics and other approved activities.E+W+S

(1)A person carrying a firearm or ammunition belonging to another person holding a certificate under this Act may, without himself holding such a certificate, have in his possession that firearm or ammunition under instructions from, and for the use of, that other person for sporting purposes only.

(2)A person may, without holding a certificate, have a firearm in his possession at an athletic meeting for the purpose of starting races at that meeting.

F36(3). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(4)A person conducting or carrying on a miniature rifle range (whether for a rifle club or otherwise) or shooting gallery at which no firearms are used other than air weapons or miniature rifles not exceeding ·23 inch calibre may, without holding a certificate, have in his possession, or purchase or acquire, such miniature rifles and ammunition suitable therefor; and any person may, without holding a certificate, use any such rifle and ammunition at such a range or gallery.

(5)A person may, without holding a shot gun certificate, borrow a shot gun from the occupier of private premises and use it on those premises in the occupier’s presence.

(6)A person may, without holding a shot gun certificate, use a shot gun at a time and place approved for shooting at artificial targets by the chief officer of police for the area in which that place is situated.

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12 Theatre and cinema.E+W+S

(1)A person taking part in a theatrical performance or a rehearsal thereof, or in the production of a cinematograph film, may, without holding a certificafe, have a firearm in his possession during and for the purpose of the performance, rehearsal or production.

(2)Where the Defence Council is satisfied, on the application of a person in charge of a theatrical performance, a rehearsal of such a performance or the production of a cinematograph film, that [F37a prohibited weapon] is required for the purpose of the performance, rehearsal or production, [he] may under section 5 of this Act, if [he thinks] fit, not only authorise that person to have possession of [F37the weapon] but also authorise such other persons as he may select to have possession of it while taking part in the performance, rehearsal or production.

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C13S. 12(2): transfer of certain functions (S.) (1.7.1999) by S.I. 1999/1750, art. 2, Sch. 1; S.I. 1998/3178, art. 3

C14S. 12(2): transfer of functions by S.I. 1968/1200, art. 2

13 Equipment for ships and aircraft.E+W+S

(1)A person may, without holding a certificate,—

(a)have in his possession a firearm or ammunition on board a ship, or a signalling apparatus or ammunition therefor on board an aircraft or at an aerodrome, as part of the equipment of the ship, aircraft or aerodrome;

(b)remove a signalling apparatus or ammunition therefor, being part of the equipment of an aircraft, from one aircraft to another at an aerodrome, or from or to an aircraft at an aerodrome to or from a place appointed for the storage thereof in safe custody at that aerodrome, and keep any such apparatus or ammunition at such a place; and

(c)if he has obtained from [F38a constable] a permit for the purpose in the prescribed form, remove a firearm from or to a ship, or a signalling apparatus from or to an aircraft or aerodrome, to or from such place and for such purpose as may be specified in the permit.

(2)It is an offence for a person [F39knowingly or recklessly to make a statement false in any material particular] for the purpose of procuring, either for himself or for another person, the grant of a permit under subsection (1)(c) of this section.

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14. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F40E+W+S

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15 Holder of Northern Irish certificate.E+W+S

Section 2(1) of this Act does not apply to a person holding a firearm certificate issued in Northern Ireland authorising him to possess a shot gun.

Prevention of crime and preservation of public safetyE+W+S

16 Possession of firearm with intent to injure.E+W+S

It is an offence for a person to have in his possession any firearm or ammunition with intent by means thereof to endanger life [F41or cause serious injury to property], or to enable another person by means thereof to endanger life [F41or cause serious injury to property], whether any injury [F41to person or property] has been caused or not.

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[F4216A Possession of firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.E+W+S

It is an offence for a person to have in his possession any firearm or imitation firearm with intent—

(a)by means thereof to cause, or

(b)to enable another person by means thereof to cause,

any person to believe that unlawful violence will be used against him or another person.]

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F42S. 16A inserted (21.9.1994) by 1994 c. 31, ss. 1(1), 4(2) (with s. 4(3))

17 Use of firearm to resist arrest.E+W+S

(1)It is an offence for a person to make or attempt to make any use whatsoever of a firearm or imitation firearm with intent to resist or prevent the lawful arrest or detention of himself or another person.

(2)If a person, at the time of his committing or being arrested for an offence specified in Schedule 1 to this Act, has in his possession a firearm or imitation firearm, he shall be guilty of an offence under this subsection unless he shows that he had it in his possession for a lawful object.

(3). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F43

(4)For purposes of this section, the definition of “firearm” in section 57(1) of this Act shall apply without paragraphs (b) and (c) of that subsection, and “imitation firearm” shall be construed accordingly.

(5)In the application of this section to Scotland, a reference to Schedule 2 to this Act shall be substituted for the reference in subsection (2) to Schedule 1 . . . F44

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18 Carrying firearm with criminal intent.E+W+S

(1)It is an offence for a person to have with him a firearm or imitation firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence, or to resist arrest or prevent the arrest of another, in either case while he has the firearm or imitation firearm with him.

(2)In proceedings for an offence under this section proof that the accused had a firearm or imitation firearm with him and intended to commit an offence, or to resist or prevent arrest, is evidence that he intended to have it with him while doing so.

(3)In the application of this section to Scotland, for the reference to an indictable offence there shall be substituted a reference to any offence specified in paragraphs 1 to 18 of Schedule 2 to this Act.

19 Carrying firearm in a public place.E+W+S

A person commits an offence if, without lawful authority or reasonable excuse (the proof whereof lies on him) he has with him in a public place

[F45(a)a loaded shot gun,

(b)an air weapon (whether loaded or not),

(c)any other firearm (whether loaded or not) together with ammunition suitable for use in that firearm, or

(d)an imitation firearm.]

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F45S. 19(a)-(d) substituted for words (20.1.2004) by Anti-social Behaviour Act (2003 c. 38), ss. {37(1)}, 93; S.I. 2003/3300, art. 2(c)(i)

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F46S. 19A inserted (prosp.) by 1997 c. 5, ss. 11(1), 53(3) (which amending s. 11(2) was repealed (17.12.1997) by 1997 c. 64, s. 2(7), Sch.; S.I. 1997/3114, art. 3, Sch. Pt. I)

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C16S. 19A restricted (prosp.) by 1997 c. 5, ss. 13(8)(10), 53(3) (which amending s. 13 was repealed (17.12.1997) by 1997 c. 64, s. 2(7), Sch.; 1997/3114, art. 3, Sch. Pt. I)

20 Trespassing with firearm.E+W+S

(1)A person commits an offence if, while he has a firearm [F47or imitation firearm] with him, he enters or is in any building or part of a building as a trespasser and without reasonable excuse (the proof whereof lies on him).

(2)A person commits an offence if, while he has a firearm [F47or imitation firearm] with him, he enters or is on any land as a trespasser and without reasonable excuse (the proof whereof lies on him).

(3)In subsection (2) of this section the expression “land” includes land covered with water.

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F47Words in s. 20 inserted (21.9.1994) by 1994 c. 31, ss. 2(1), 4(2) (with s. 4(3))

21 Possession of firearms by persons previously convicted of crime.E+W+S

(1)A person who has been sentenced [F48to custody for life or] to preventive detention, or to imprisonment or to corrective training for a term of three years or more [F48or to youth custody [F49or detention in a young offender institution] for such a term], or who has been sentenced be detained for such a term in a young offenders institution in Scotland, shall not at any time have a firearm or ammunition in his possession.

(2)A person who has been sentenced . . . F50 to imprisonment for a term of three months or more but less than three years [F51or to youth custody [F52or detention in a young offender institution] for such a term], or who has been sentenced to be detained for such a term in a detention centre or in a young offenders institution in Scotland [F53or who has been subject to a secure training order [F54or a detention and training order]], shall not at any time before the expiration of the period of five years from the date of his release have a firearm or ammunition in his possession.

[F55(2A)For the purposes of subsection (2) above, “the date of his release” means—

(a)in the case of a person sentenced to imprisonment with an order under section 47(1) of the Criminal Law Act 1977 (prison sentence partly served and partly suspended), the date on which he completes service of so much of the sentence as was by that order required to be served in prison;

(b)in the case of a person who has been subject to a secure training order—

(i)the date on which he is released from detention under the order;

(ii)the date on which he is released from detention ordered under section 4 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994; or

(iii)the date halfway through the total period specified by the court in making the order,

whichever is the later.]

[F56(c)in the case of a person who has been subject to a detention and training order—

(i)the date on which he is released from detention under the order;

(ii)the date on which he is released from detention ordered under [F57section 104 of the Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000]; or

(iii)the date of the half-way point of the term of the order,

whichever is the later.]

[F58(d)in the case of a person who has been subject to a sentence of imprisonment to which an intermittent custody order under section 183(1)(b) of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 relates, the date of his final release.]

[F59(2B)A person who is serving a sentence of imprisonment to which an intermittent custody order under section 183 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 relates shall not during anylicence period specified for the purposes of subsection (1)(b)(i) of that section have a firearm or ammunition in his possession.]

(3)A person who—

(a)is the holder of a licence issued under section 53 of the M3Children and Young Persons Act 1933 or section 57 of the M4Children and Young Persons (Scotland) Act 1937 (which sections provide for the detention of children and young persons convicted of serious crime, but enable them to be discharged on licence by the Secretary of State); or

(b)is subject to a recognizance to keep the peace or to be of good behaviour, a condition of which is that he shall not possess, use or carry a firearm, or is subject to a [F60community order] containing a requirement that he shall not possess, use or carry a firearm; or

(c)has, in Scotland, been ordained to find caution a condition of which is that he shall not possess, use or carry a firearm;

shall not, at any time during which he holds the licence or is so subject or has been so ordained, have a firearm or ammunition in his possession.

[F61(3ZA)In subsection (3)(b) above, “community order” means—

(a)a community order within the meaning of Part 12 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 made in England and Wales, or

(b)a probation order made in Scotland.]

[F62(3A)Where by section 19 of the Firearms Act (Northern Ireland) 1969, or by any other enactment for the time being in force in Northern Ireland and corresponding to this section, a person is prohibited in Northern Ireland from having a firearm or ammunition in his possession, he shall also be so prohibited in Great Britain at any time when to have it in his possession in Northern Ireland would be a contravention of the said section 19 or corresponding enactment];

(4)It is an offence for a person to contravene any of the foregoing provisions of this section.

(5)It is an offence for a person to sell or transfer a firearm or ammunition to, or to repair, test or prove a firearm or ammunition for, a person whom he knows or has reasonable ground for believing to be prohibited by this section from having a firearm or ammunition in his possession.

(6)A person prohibited under subsection (1), (2) [F63, (2B)][F64(3) or (3A)] of this section from having in his possession a firearm or ammunition may apply to [F65the Crown Court] or, in Scotland, in accordance with Act of Sederunt to the sheriff for a removal of the prohibition; and if the application is granted that prohibition shall not then apply to him.

(7)Schedule 3 to this Act shall have effect with respect to the courts with jurisdiction to entertain an application under this section and to the procedure appertaining thereto.

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F57Words in s. 21(2A)(c)(ii) substituted (25.8.2000) by 2000 c. 6, ss. 165, 168, Sch. 9 para. 31

F58S. 21(2A)(d) inserted (26.1.2004 for certain purposes and 4.4.2005 in so far as not already in force) by Criminal Justice Act 2003 (c. 44), ss. 304, 336(3). {Sch. 32 para. 12(2)}; S.I. 2003/3282, art. 2, Sch.; S.I. 2005/950, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 para. 42(7) (subject to art. 2(2), Sch. 2)

F59S. 21(2B) inserted (26.1.2004 for certain purposes and 4.4.2005 in so far as not already in force) by Criminal Justice Act 2003 (c. 44), ss. 304, 336(3), Sch. 32 para. 12(3); S.I. 2003/3282, art. 2, Sch.; S.I. 2005/950, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 para. 42(7) (subject to art. 2(2), Sch. 2)

F63Words in s. 21(6) substituted (26.1.2004 for certain purposes and 4.4.2005 in so far as not already in force) by Criminal Justice Act 2003 (c. 44), ss. 304, 336(3). {Sch. 32 para. 12(6)}; S.I. 2003/3282, art. 2, Sch.; S.I. 2005/950, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 para. 42(7) (subject to art. 2(2), Sch. 2)

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[F6621AFiring an air weapon beyond premisesE+W+S

(1)A person commits an offence if—

(a)he has with him an air weapon on any premises; and

(b)he uses it for firing a missile beyond those premises.

(2)In proceedings against a person for an offence under this section it shall be a defence for him to show that the only premises into or across which the missile was fired were premises the occupier of which had consented to the firing of the missile (whether specifically or by way of a general consent).]]

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22 Acquisition and possession of firearms by minors.E+W+S

[F67(1)It is an offence—

(a)for a person under the age of eighteen to purchase or hire an air weapon or ammunition for an air weapon;

(b)for a person under the age of seventeen to purchase or hire a firearm or ammunition of any other description.]

[F68(1A)Where a person under the age of eighteen is entitled, as the holder of a certificate under this Act, to have a firearm in his possession, it is an offence for that person to use that firearm for a purpose not authorised by the European weapons directive.]

(2)It is an offence for a person under the age of fourteen to have in his possession any firearm or ammunition to which section 1 of this Act applies, except in circumstances where under section 11(1), (3) or (4) of this Act [F69or section 15 of the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1988] he is entitled to have possession of it without holding a firearm certificate.

(3)It is an offence for a person under the age of fifteen to have with him an assembled shot gun except while under the supervision of a person of or over the age of twenty-one, or while the shot gun is so covered with a securely fastened gun cover that it cannot be fired.

(4)Subject to section 23 below, it is an offence for a person under the age of [F70eighteen] to have with him an air weapon or ammunition for an air weapon.

(5)F71. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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F68S. 22(1A) inserted (1.1.1993) by S.I. 1992/2823, reg. 4(1)

F69S. 22(2): Words inserted by Firearms (Amendment) Act 1988 (c. 45, SIF 51:1), s. 23(4) [Editorial Note: the amending section provides that the insertion is to be made after the words "of this Act". Those words appear twice in s. 22(2), but the sense of the subsection as amended seems to require that the insertion should be made after the second occurrence of those words.]

23[F72Exceptions from s. 22(4)”].E+W+S

(1)It is not an offence under section 22(4) of this Act for a person to have with him an air weapon or ammunition while he is under the supervision of a person of or over the age of twenty-one; but where a person has with him an air weapon on any premises in circumstances where he would be prohibited from having it with him but for this subsection, it is an offence[F73 for the person under whose supervision he is to allow him to use it for firing any missile beyond those premises.]

[F74(1A)In proceedings against a person for an offence under subsection (1) it shall be a defence for him to show that the only premises into or across which the missile was fired were premises the occupier of which had consented to the firing of the missile (whether specifically or by way of a general consent).]

(2)It is not an offence under section 22(4) F75. . . of this Act for a person to have with him an air weapon or ammunition at a time when—

(a)being a member of a rifle club or miniature rifle club for the time being approved by the Secretary of State for the purposes of this section or [F76section 15 of the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1988], he is engaged as such a member F77. . . in connection with [F78target shooting]; or

(b)he is using the weapon or ammunition at a shooting gallery where the only firearms used are either air weapons or miniature rifles not exceeding ·23 inch calibre.

[F79(3)It is not an offence under section 22(4) of this Act for a person of or over the age of fourteen to have with him an air weapon or ammunition on private premises with the consent of the occupier.

(4)F80. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .]

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F72S. 23: words in heading substituted (20.1.2004) by virtue of Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003 (c. 38), ss. 38(3), 93; S.I. 2003/3300, art. 2(c)(ii)

F73S. 23(1): words substituted (1.10.2007) for s. 23(1)(a)(b) by Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006 (c. 38), ss. {34(3)(a)}, 66(2); S.I. 2007/2180, art. 3(d)

24 Supplying firearms to minors.E+W+S

[F81(1)It is an offence—

(a)to sell or let on hire an air weapon or ammunition for an air weapon to a person under the age of eighteen;

(b)to sell or let on hire a firearm or ammunition of any other description to a person under the age of seventeen.]

(2)It is an offence—

(a)to make a gift of or lend any firearm or ammunition to which section 1 of this Act applies to a person under the age of fourteen; or

(b)to part with the possession of any such firearm or ammunition to a person under that age, except in circumstances where that person is entitled under section 11(1), (3) or (4) of this Act [F82or section 15 of the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1988] to have possession thereof without holding a firearm certificate.

(3)It is an offence to make a gift of a shot gun or ammunition for a shot gun to a person under the age of fifteen.

(4)It is an offence—

(a)to make a gift of an air weapon or ammunition for an air weapon to a person under the age of [F83eighteen] ; or

(b)to part with the possession of an air weapon or ammunition for an air weapon to a person under the age of [F83eighteen] except where by virtue of section 23 of this Act the person is not prohibited from having it with him.

(5)In proceedings for an offence under any provision of this section it is a defence to prove that the person charged with the offence believed the other person to be of or over the age mentioned in that provision and had reasonable ground for the belief.

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Prospective

[F8424ASupplying imitation firearms to minorsE+W+S

(1)It is an offence for a person under the age of eighteen to purchase an imitation firearm.

(2)It is an offence to sell an imitation firearm to a person under the age of eighteen.

(3)In proceedings for an offence under subsection (2) it is a defence to show that the person charged with the offence—

(a)believed the other person to be aged eighteen or over; and

(b)had reasonable ground for that belief.

(4)For the purposes of this section a person shall be taken to have shown the matters specified in subsection (3) if—

(a)sufficient evidence of those matters is adduced to raise an issue with respect to them; and

(b)the contrary is not proved beyond a reasonable doubt.]]

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25 Supplying firearm to person drunk or insane.E+W+S

It is an offence for a person to sell or transfer any firearm or ammunition to, or to repair, prove or test any firearm or ammunition for, another person whom he knows or has reasonable cause for believing to be drunk or of unsound mind.

Part IIE+W+S Firearm and Shot Gun Certificates; Registration of Firearms Dealers

Grant, renewal, variation and revocation of firearm and shot gun certificatesE+W+S

[F8526A Applications for firearm certificates.E+W+S

(1)An application for the grant of a firearm certificate shall be made in the prescribed form to the chief officer of police for the area in which the applicant resides and shall state such particulars as may be required by the form.

(2)Rules made by the Secretary of State under section 53 of this Act may require any application for a firearm certificate to be accompanied by up to four photographs of the applicant and by the names and addresses of two persons who have agreed to act as referees.

(3)The rules may require that, before considering an application for a firearm certificate, the chief officer of police has the following from each referee nominated by the applicant—

(a)verification in the prescribed manner of—

(i)any prescribed particulars; and

(ii)the likeness to the applicant of the photographs submitted with the application;

(b)a statement in the prescribed form to the effect that he knows of no reason why the applicant should not be permitted to possess a firearm; and

(c)such other statements or information in connection with the application or the applicant as may be prescribed.]

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F85Ss. 26A, 26B substituted for s. 26 (1.7.1997) by 1997 c. 5, s. 37; S.I. 1997/1535, art. 3(b), Sch. Pt. I

F8626B Applications for shot gun certificates.E+W+S

(1)An application for the grant of a shot gun certificate shall be made in the prescribed form to the chief officer of police for the area in which the applicant resides and shall state such particulars as may be required by the form.

(2)Rules made by the Secretary of State under section 53 of this Act may—

(a)require any application for a certificate to be accompanied by up to four photographs of the applicant;

(b)require the verification in the prescribed manner of any prescribed particulars and of the likeness of those photographs to the applicant;

(c)require any application for a certificate to be accompanied by a statement by the person verifying the matters mentioned in paragraph (b) above to the effect that he knows of no reason why the applicant should not be permitted to possess a shot gun.

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F86Ss. 26A, 26B substituted for s. 26 (1.7.1997) by 1997 c. 5, s. 37; S.I. 1997/1535, art. 3(b), Sch. Pt. I

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27 Special provisions about firearm certificates.E+W+S

[F91(1)A firearm certificate shall be granted where the chief officer of police is satisfied—

(a)that the applicant is fit to be entrusted with a firearm to which section 1 of this Act applies and is not a person prohibited by this Act from possessing such a firearm;

(b)that he has a good reason for having in his possession, or for purchasing or acquiring, the firearm or ammunition in respect of which the application is made; and

(c)that in all the circumstances the applicant can be permitted to have the firearm or ammunition in his possession without danger to the public safety or to the peace.]

[F92(1A)For the purposes of subsection (1) above a person under the age of eighteen shall be capable of having a good reason for having a firearm or ammunition in his possession, or for purchasing or acquiring it, only if he has no intention of using the firearm or ammunition, at any time before he attains the age of eighteen, for a purpose not authorised by the European weapons directive.]

(2)A firearm certificate shall be in the prescribed form and shall specify the conditions (if any) subject to which it is held, the nature and number of the firearms to which it relates [F93, including if known their identification numbers,] and, as respects ammunition, the quantities authorised to be purchased [F93or acquired] and to be held at any one time thereunder.

(3)This section applies to the renewal of a firearm certificate as it applies to a grant.

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F92S. 27(1A) inserted (1.1.1993) by S.I. 1992/2823, reg. 4(2)

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

28Special provisions about shot gun certificates.E+W+S

[F94(1)Subject to subsection (1A) below, a shot gun certificate shall be granted or, as the case may be, renewed by the chief officer of police if he is satisfied that the applicant can be permitted to possess a shot gun without danger to the public safety or to the peace.

(1A)No such certificate shall be granted or renewed if the chief officer of police—

(a)has reason to believe that the applicant is prohibited by this Act from possessing a shot gun; or

(b)is satisfied that the applicant does not have a good reason for possessing, purchasing or acquiring one.

(1B)For the purposes of paragraph (b) of subsection (1A) above an applicant shall, in particular, be regarded as having a good reason if the gun is intended to be used for sporting or competition purposes or for shooting vermin; and an application shall not be refused by virtue of that paragraph merely because the applicant intends neither to use the gun himself nor to lend it for anyone else to use.]

[F95(1C)A person under the age of eighteen shall be regarded for the purposes of paragraph (b) of subsection (1A) above as not having a good reason for possessing, purchasing or acquiring a shot gun if it is his intention to use the shot gun, at any time before he attains the age of eighteen, for a purpose not authorised by the European weapons directive.]

(2)A shot gun certificate shall be in the prescribed form and shall—

(a)be granted or renewed subject to any prescribed conditions and no others; and

(b)specify the conditions, if any, subject to which it is granted or renewed.

[F96(2A)A shot gun certificate shall specify the description of the shot guns to which it relates including, if known, the identification numbers of the guns.]

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F95S. 28(1C) inserted (1.1.1993) by S.I. 1992/2823, reg. 4(3)

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

[F9828A Certificates: supplementary.E+W+S

(1)A certificate shall, unless previously revoked or cancelled, continue in force for five years from the date when it was granted or last renewed, but shall be renewable for a further period of five years by the chief officer of police for the area in which the holder resides.

(2)The provisions of this Act apply to the renewal of a certificate as they apply to a grant; but, subject to the power of renewal conferred by this subsection, a certificate granted or last renewed in Northern Ireland shall not continue in force for a period longer than that for which it was so granted or last renewed.

(3)The Secretary of State may by order amend subsection (1) above so as to substitute for any reference to a period for the time being specified in that subsection a reference to such other period as may be specified in the order.

(4)An order made under subsection (3) above shall apply only to certificates granted or renewed after the date on which the order comes into force.

(5)The power to make orders under subsection (3) above shall be exercisable by statutory instrument which shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.

(6)A person aggrieved by the refusal of a chief officer of police to grant or to renew a certificate under this Act may in accordance with section 44 of this Act appeal against the refusal.

(7)It is an offence for a person knowingly or recklessly to make any statement which is false in any material particular for the purpose of procuring (whether for himself or another) the grant or renewal of a certificate under this Act.]

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29 Variation of firearm certificates.E+W+S

(1)The chief officer of police for the area in which the holder of a firearm certificate resides may at any time by notice in writing vary the conditions subject to which the certificate is held, except such of them as may be prescribed, and may by the notice require the holder to deliver up the certificate to him within twenty-one days from the date of the notice for the purpose of amending the conditions specified therein.

(2)A firearm certificate may also, on the application of the holder, be varied from time to time by the chief officer of police for the area in which the holder for the time being resides; and a person aggrieved by the refusal of a chief officer of police to vary a firearm certificate may in accordance with section 44 of this Act appeal against the refusal.

(3)It is an offence for a person [F99knowingly or recklessly to make a statement false in any material particular] for the purpose of procuring, whether for himself or another person, the variation of a firearm certificate.

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[F10030A Revocation of firearm certificates.E+W+S

(1)A firearm certificate may be revoked by the chief officer of police for the area in which the holder resides on any of the grounds mentioned in subsections (2) to (5) below.

(2)The certificate may be revoked if the chief officer of police has reason to believe—

(a)that the holder is of intemperate habits or unsound mind or is otherwise unfitted to be entrusted with a firearm; or

(b)that the holder can no longer be permitted to have the firearm or ammunition to which the certificate relates in his possession without danger to the public safety or to the peace.

(3)The certificate may be revoked if the chief officer of police is satisfied that the holder is prohibited by this Act from possessing a firearm to which section 1 of this Act applies.

(4)The certificate may be revoked if the chief officer of police is satisfied that the holder no longer has a good reason for having in his possession, or for purchasing or acquiring, the firearm or ammunition which he is authorised by virtue of the certificate to have in his possession or to purchase or acquire.

(5)A firearm certificate may be revoked if the holder fails to comply with a notice under section 29(1) of this Act requiring him to deliver up the certificate.

(6)A person aggrieved by the revocation of a certificate under subsection (2), (3) or (4) of this section may in accordance with section 44 of this Act appeal against the revocation.]

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F100Ss. 30A, 30B, 30C, 30D substituted for s. 30 (1.7.1997) by 1997 c. 5, s. 40; S.I. 1997/1535, art. 3(b), Sch. Pt. I

F10130B Partial revocation of firearm certificates.E+W+S

(1)The chief officer of police for the area in which the holder of a firearm certificate resides may partially revoke the certificate, that is to say, he may revoke the certificate in relation to any firearm or ammunition which the holder is authorised by virtue of the certificate to have in his possession or to purchase or acquire.

(2)A firearm certificate may be partially revoked only if the chief officer of police is satisfied that the holder no longer has a good reason for having in his possession, or for purchasing or acquiring, the firearm or ammunition to which the partial revocation relates.

(3)A person aggrieved by the partial revocation of a certificate may in accordance with section 44 of this Act appeal against the partial revocation.

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F101Ss. 30A, 30B, 30C, 30D substituted for s. 30 (1.7.1997) by 1997 c. 5, s. 40; S.I. 1997/1535, art. 3(b), Sch. Pt. I

F10230C Revocation of shot gun certificates.E+W+S

(1)A shot gun certificate may be revoked by the chief officer of police for the area in which the holder resides if he is satisfied that the holder is prohibited by this Act from possessing a shot gun or cannot be permitted to possess a shot gun without danger to the public safety or to the peace.

(2)A person aggrieved by the revocation of a shot gun certificate may in accordance with section 44 of this Act appeal against the revocation.

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F102Ss. 30A, 30B, 30C, 30D substituted for s. 30 (1.7.1997) by 1997 c. 5, s. 40; S.I. 1997/1535, art. 3(b), Sch. Pt. I

F10330D Revocation of certificates: supplementary.E+W+S

(1)Where a certificate is revoked under section 30A or 30C of this Act the chief officer of police shall by notice in writing require the holder to surrender the certificate.

(2)Where a certificate is partially revoked under section 30B of this Act the chief officer of police shall by notice in writing require the holder to deliver up the certificate for the purpose of amending it.

(3)It is an offence for the holder of a certificate to fail to comply with a notice under subsection (1) or (2) above within twenty-one days from the date of the notice.

(4)If an appeal is brought against a revocation or partial revocation—

(a)this section shall not apply to that revocation or partial revocation unless the appeal is abandoned or dismissed; and

(b)it shall then apply with the substitution, for the reference to the date of the notice, of a reference to the date on which the appeal was abandoned or dismissed.

(5)This section shall not apply in relation to—

(a)the revocation of a firearm certificate on any ground mentioned in section 30A(2), (3) or (4) of this Act;

(b)the revocation of a shot gun certificate,

if the chief officer of police serves a notice on the holder under section 12 of the M5Firearms Act 1988 requiring him to surrender forthwith his certificate and any firearms and ammunition in his possession by virtue of the certificate.

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F103Ss. 30A, 30B, 30C, 30D substituted for s. 30 (1.7.1997) by 1997 c. 5, s. 40; S.I. 1997/1535, art. 3(b), Sch. Pt. I

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31 Certificate for prohibited weapon.E+W+S

(1)A chief officer of police shall not refuse to grant or renew, and shall not revoke, a firearm certificate in respect of a prohibited weapon or prohibited ammunition if the applicant for the certificate is for the time being authorised by the Defence Council under section 5 of this Act to have possession of that weapon or ammunition.

(2)Where an authority of the Defence Council under that section to have possession of, or to purchase or acquire, a prohibited weapon or prohibited ammunition is revoked, the firearm certificate relating to that weapon or ammunition shall be revoked or varied accordingly by the chief officer of police by whom it was granted.

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C22S. 31 modified (1.11.1968) by S.I. 1968/1200, art. 3

32 Fee for certificate and exemption from paying it in certain cases. E+W+S

[(1)Subject to this Act, there shall be payable—

(a)on the grant of a firearm certificate a fee of [F104£50];

(b)on the renewal of a firearm certificate a fee of [F104£40];

(c)on any variation of a firearm certificate (otherwise than when it is renewed at the same time) so as to increase the number of firearms to which the certificate relates, a fee of £26;

(cc)on the replacement of a firearm certificate which has been lost or destroyed a fee of £9;

(d)on the grant of a shot gun certificate a fee of [F104£50];

(e)on the renewal of a shot gun certificate a fee of [F104£40];

(f)on the replacement of a shot gun certificate which has been lost or destroyed a fee of £8.]

[F105(2)No fee shall be payable on the grant to a responsible officer of a rifle club, miniature rifle club or muzzle-loading pistol club which is approved under section 15 of the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1988 of a firearm certificate in respect of rifles, miniature rifles or muzzle-loading pistols, or ammunition, to be used solely for target shooting by the members of the club, or on the variation or renewal of a certificate so granted.

F105(2A)Subsection (2) above—

(a)does not apply if the operation of subsection (1) of section 15 of the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1988 is excluded in relation to the club by a limitation in the approval; or

(b)if the operation of subsection (1) of that section in relation to the club is limited by the approval to target shooting with specified types of rifles, miniature rifles or muzzle-loading pistols, only applies to a certificate in respect of rifles, miniature rifles or pistols of those types.

F106(2B). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .]

(3)No fee shall be payable on the grant, variation or renewal of a firearm certificate if the chief officer of police is satisfied that the certificate relates solely to and, in the case of a variation, will continue when varied to relate solely to—

(a)a firearm or ammunition which the applicant requires as part of the equipment of a ship; or

(b)a signalling apparatus, or ammunition therefor, which the applicant requires as part of the equipment of an aircraft or aerodrome; or

(c)a slaughtering instrument, or ammunition therefor, which the applicant requires for the purpose of the slaughter of animals.

[(3A)No fee shall be payable on the grant, variation or renewal of a firearm certificate which relates solely to and, in the case of a variation, will continue when varied to relate solely to a signalling device, which, when assembled and ready to fire, is not more than eight inches long and which is designed to discharge a flare, or to ammunition for such a device.]

(4)No fee shall be payable—

(a)on the grant or renewal of a firearm certificate relating solely to a firearm which is shown to the satisfaction of the chief officer of police to be kept by the applicant as a trophy of war; or

(b)on any variation of a certificate the sole effect of which is to add such a firearm as aforesaid to the firearms to which the certificate relates,

if the certificate is granted, renewed or varied subject to the condition that the applicant shall not use the firearm.

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F104Fees in s. 32(1)(a)(b)(d)(e) substituted (1.1.2001) by S.I. 2000/3148, art. 3(2)-(5)

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C24S. 32(1) amended (E.W.) (1.1.1995) by virtue of S.I. 1994/2615, art. 4, Sch. 1 Pt. I and (S.) (1.1.1995) by virtue of S.I. 1994/2652, art. 3, Sch. 1 Pt. I

C25S. 32(3A) continued (E.W.) (1.1.1995) by virtue of S.I. 1994/2615, art. 5, Sch. 1 Pt. II and (S.) (1.1.1995) by virtue of S.I. 1994/2652, art. 4, Sch. 1 Pt. II

[F107Issue etc. in Great Britain of documents for European purposes.]E+W+S

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F107Heading and ss. 32A-32C inserted (1.1.1993) by S.I. 1992/2823, reg. 5(1).

F10832A Documents for European purposes.E+W+S

(1)Where a person is granted, or is the holder of, a certificate under this Act, he shall be entitled to be issued by the chief officer of police for the area in which he resides with—

(a)a document (“a European firearms pass”) containing the required particulars; and

(b)a document stating that, for the purposes of Article 7 of the European weapons directive, the holder of the certificate has the agreement of the United Kingdom authorities, for so long as the certificate remains in force, to any purchase or acquisition by him in another member State of any firearm or ammunition to which the certificate relates;

and an application for the issue of a document falling within paragraph (a) or (b) above may be made at the same time as any application for a certificate the grant of which will entitle him to the issue of the document or subsequently while the certificate is in force.

(2)Where—

(a)a person who resides in Great Britain is proposing to purchase or acquire any firearm or ammunition in another member State;

(b)that person is not for the time being the holder of a certificate under this Act relating to that firearm or ammunition;

(c)the firearm falls within category B for the purposes of Annex I to the European weapons directive or the ammunition is capable of being used with such a firearm; and

(d)that person satisfies the chief officer of police for the area where he resides that he is not proposing to bring that firearm or ammunition into the United Kingdom,

the chief officer of police may, if he thinks fit, issue that person with a document stating that, for the purposes of Article 7 of the European weapons directive, that person has the agreement of the United Kingdom authorities to any purchase or acquisition by him in another member State of that firearm or ammunition.

(3)For the purposes of subsection (1) above the required particulars, in relation to a person issued with a European firearms pass, are—

(a)particulars identifying that person;

(b)particulars identifying every firearm which—

(i)that person has applied to have included in a European firearms pass; and

(ii)is a firearm in relation to which a certificate granted to that person is for the time being in force;

(c)a statement in relation to every firearm identified in the pass as to the category into which it falls for the purposes of Annex I to the European weapons directive;

(d)the date of the issue of the pass and the period from its issue for which the pass is to be valid;

(e)the statements required by paragraph (f) of Annex II to that directive (statements as to travel in the member States with the firearms identified in the pass).

(4)For the purposes of this section the particulars of the firearms to which a shot gun certificate relates which are to be contained in a European firearms pass by virtue of subsection (3)(b) above are—

(a)a description of the shot guns to which that certificate relates; and

(b)any identification numbers specified in or entered on that certificate in pursuance of section 28(2A) of this Act or in consequence of any person’s compliance, in accordance with [F109section 32(2)(b) of the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997 (requirements relating to transfers of firearms)], with any instructions contained in the certificate;

and, accordingly, references in this Act to a firearm identified in such a pass shall include references to any shot gun of a description specified in that pass.

(5)A European firearms pass shall contain space for the making of entries by persons authorised to do so under the law of any member State.

(6)The period specified in a European firearms pass as the period for which it is to be valid shall be whichever is the shorter of the following—

(a)the period until the earliest time when a certificate relating to a firearm identified in the pass expires; and

(b)the maximum period for the duration of that pass.

(7)For the purposes of subsection (6) above the maximum period for the duration of a European firearms pass is—

(a)in the case of a pass identifying only a firearm or firearms stated in the pass to fall within category D for the purposes of Annex I to the European weapons directive, ten years; and

(b)in any other case, five years.

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F108Heading and ss. 32A-32C inserted (1.1.1993) by S.I. 1992/2823, reg. 5(1)

F11032B Renewal of European firearms pass.E+W+S

(1)On an application for the renewal by a chief officer of police of a certificate under this Act relating to a firearm identified in a European firearms pass, the holder of the certificate may apply to the chief officer of police for the renewal of the pass.

(2)Where—

(a)a certificate relating to a firearm identified in a European firearms pass is to expire without being renewed; but

(b)a certificate relating to another firearm identified in that pass will continue in force after the other certificate expires,

the holder of the pass may apply to the chief officer of police for the area in which he resides for the renewal of the pass subject to the deletion of the reference to any firearm to which the expiring certificate relates.

(3)Where, on an application to a chief officer of police under subsection (1) or (2) above—

(a)the pass in question is produced to him; and

(b)a certificate relating to a firearm identified in the pass is renewed or will continue in force after the time when the pass would (apart from its renewal) have ceased to be valid,

he shall renew that pass, subject to any appropriate deletion, from that time for whichever is the shorter of the periods specified in section 32A(6)(a) and (b) of this Act.

(4)Where a European firearms pass ceases to be valid without being renewed under this section, the chief officer of police for the area in which the person to whom it was issued resides may, by notice in writing, require that person, within twenty-one days of the date of the notice, to surrender the pass to him.

(5)It is an offence for any person to fail to comply with a notice given to him under subsection (4) above.

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F110Heading and ss. 32A-32C inserted (1.1.1993) by S.I. 1992/2823, reg. 5(1)

F11132C Variation, endorsement etc. of European documents.E+W+S

(1)Where—

(a)a certificate relating to a firearm identified in a European firearms pass or a certificate in respect of which an Article 7 authority has been issued is varied, revoked or cancelled under this Act;

(b)the Secretary of State gives notice that any European firearms pass needs to be modified by the addition or variation of any such statement as is mentioned in section 32A(3)(e) of this Act; or

(c)the holder of a European firearms pass applies to have particulars of another firearm added to the pass,

it shall be the duty of the chief officer of police for the area in which the holder of the pass or authority resides to make such variations of the pass or authority as are appropriate in consequence of the variation, revocation, cancellation, notice or application or, where appropriate, to cancel it.

(2)For the purpose of performing his duty under subsection (1) above the chief officer of police for the area in which any person who is or has been the holder of any certificate resides may, by notice in writing, require that person, within twenty-one days of the date of the notice, to produce or surrender to him any European firearms pass or Article 7 authority issued to that person.

(3)Where a person is for the time being the holder of an Article 7 authority issued under section 32A(2) of this Act by the chief officer of police for any area, the chief officer of police for that area may, if he thinks fit, at any time—

(a)revoke that authority; and

(b)by notice in writing require that person, within twenty-one days of the date of the notice, to surrender that authority to him.

(4)Where a firearm identified in a European firearms pass which is for the time being valid, is lost or stolen, the holder of the pass shall immediately—

(a)inform the chief officer of police for the area in which he resides about the loss or theft; and

(b)produce the pass to that chief officer for him to endorse particulars of that loss or theft on the pass.

(5)Where a firearm to which an endorsement under subsection (4) above relates is returned to the possession of the holder of the pass in question, the chief officer of police for the area in which that person resides may, on the production to him of that pass, make such further endorsement on that pass as may be appropriate.

(6)It is an offence for any person to fail to comply with a notice given to him under subsection (2) or (3) above or with any obligation imposed on him by virtue of subsection (4)(a) or (b) above.

(7)Any reference in this section to the variation of a certificate includes a reference to the making of any entry on a shot gun certificate in pursuance of the requirement under [F112section 32(2)(b) of the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997 (requirements relating to transfers of firearms)] to comply with instructions contained in the certificate.

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F111Heading and ss. 32A-32C inserted (1.1.1993) by S.I. 1992/2823, reg. 5(1)

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33 Police register.E+W+S

(1)For purposes of this Act, the chief officer of police for every area shall keep in the prescribed form a register of firearms dealers.

(2)Except as provided by section 34 of this Act, the chief officer of police shall enter in the register the name of any person who, having or proposing to have a place of business in the area, applies to be registered as a firearms dealer.

(3)[F113An applicant for registration as a firearms dealer] must furnish the chief officer of police with the prescribed particulars, which shall include particulars of every place of business at which he proposes to carry on business in the area as a firearms dealer and, except as provided by this Act, the chief officer of police shall [F114(if he registers the applicant as a firearms dealer)] enter every such place of business in the register.

(4)When a person is registered, the chief officer of police shall grant or cause to be granted to him a certificate of registration.

(5)A person for the time being registered shall, [F115on or before the expiration of the period of three years from the grant of the certificate of registration for the time being held by him]

(a)surrender his certificate to the chief officer of police; and

(b)apply in the prescribed form for a new certificate;

and thereupon the chief officer of police shall, subject to sections 35(3) and 38(1) below, grant him a new certificate of registration.

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F113Words in s. 33(3) substituted (1.7.1997) by 1997 c. 5, s. 42(2)(a); S.I. 1997/1535, art. 3(b), Sch. Pt. I

34 Grounds for refusal of registration.E+W+S

(1)The chief officer of police shall not register an applicant as a firearms dealer if he is prohibited to be so registered by order of a court in Great Britain made under section 45 of this Act, or by order of a court in Northern Ireland under section 8(5) of the M6Firearms Act 1920 or any enactment of the Parliament of Northern Ireland amending or substituted for that section.

[F116(1A)The chief officer of police may refuse to register an applicant unless he is satisfied that the applicant will engage in business as a firearms dealer to a substantial extent or as an essential part of another trade, business or profession.]

(2)Subject to subsection (3) below, the chief officer of police may refuse to register an applicant, if he is satisfied that the applicant cannot be permitted to carry on business as a firearms dealer without danger to the public safety or to the peace.

(3)In the case of a person for the time being authorised by the Defence Council under section 5 of this Act to manufacture, sell or transfer prohibited weapons or ammunition, the chief officer of police shall not refuse to enter his name in the register on the ground that he cannot be permitted to carry on business as a firearms dealer without danger to the public safety or to the peace.

(4)The chief officer of police, if he is satisfied that a place of business notified to him under section 33(3) of this Act by an applicant for registration is a place at which the person cannot be permitted to carry on business as a firearms dealer without danger to the public safety or to the peace, may refuse to enter that place of business in the register.

(5)A person aggrieved by the refusal of a chief officer of police to register him as a firearms dealer, or to enter in the register a place of business of his, may in accordance with section 44 of this Act appeal against the refusal.

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C26S. 34(3) modified (1.11.1968) by S.I. 1968/1200, art. 3

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35 Fee for registration and renewal thereof.E+W+S

[F117(1)Subject to t his Act, on the registration of a person as a firearms dealer there shall be payable by him a fee of [F118£150].]

[F119(1A)If the chief officer of police for the area in which the applicant has applied to be registered is satisfied—

(a)that the only place of business in respect of which the application is made is at a game fair, trade fair or exhibition, agricultural show or an event of a similar character, and

(b)that the applicant’s principal place of business is entered in the register for another area,

the fee payable shall be [F120£12]]

(2)No fee shall be payable if the chief officer of police for the area in which the applicant has applied to be registered is satisfied that the only place of business in respect of which the application is made—

(a)has become situated in that area because of an alteration in the boundary of the area and was previously entered in the register for another area; or

(b)is one to which the applicant proposes to transfer the business previously carried on by him at a place entered in the register for another area.

[F121(3)Before a person for the time being registered as a firearms dealer can be granted a new certificate of registration under section 33(5) of this Act, he shall pay a fee of [F118£150].]

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F117S. 35(1) amended (E.W.) by virtue of S.I. 1990/290, art. 6(a), Sch. 2 Pt. I and (S.) by virtue of S.I. 1990/325, art. 6(a), Sch. 2 Pt. I

F118Fees in s. 35(1)(3) substituted (1.1.2001) by S.I. 2000/3148, arts. 4, 5

F119S. 35(1A) inserted by (S.) S.I. 1986/996, art. 7 and (E.W.) S.I. 1986/986, art. 7

F120Words substituted by (E.W.) S.I. 1990/290, art. 6(b) and (S.) S.I. 1990/385, art. 6(b)

F121Section 35(3) amended (E.W.) by virtue of S.I. 1990/290 art. 6(c), Sch. 2 Pt. II and (S.) by virtue of S.I. 1990/325, art. 6(c), Sch. 2 Pt. II

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C27S. 35(1) amended (E.W.) (1.1.1995) by virtue of S.I. 1994/2615, art. 6, Sch. 2 Pt. I and (S.) (1.1.1995) by virtue of S.I. 1994/2652, art. 5, Sch. 2 Pt. I

C28S. 35(1A) continued (E.W.) (1.1.1995) by virtue of S.I. 1994/2615, art. 7, Sch. 2 Pt. II and (S.) (1.1.1995) by virtue of S.I. 1994/2652, art. 6, Sch. 2 Pt. II

C29S. 35(3) continued (E.W.) (1.1.1995) by virtue of S.I. 1994/2615, art. 8, Sch. 2 Pt. III and (S.) (1.1.1995) by virtue of S.I. 1994/2652, art. 7, Sch. 2 Pt. III

36 Conditions of registration.E+W+S

(1)The chief officer of police may at any time impose conditions subject to which the registration of a person as a firearms dealer is to have effect and may at any time, of his own motion or on the application of the dealer, vary or revoke any such condition.

(2)The chief officer of police shall specify the conditions for the time being in force under this section in the certificate of registration granted to the firearms dealer and, where any such condition is imposed, varied or revoked during the currency of the certificate of registration, the chief officer of police—

(a)shall give to the dealer notice in writing of the condition or variation (giving particulars) or of the revocation, as the case may be; and

(b)may by that notice require the dealer to deliver up to him his certificate of registration within twenty-one days from the date of the notice, for the purpose of amending the certificate.

(3)A person aggrieved by the imposition or variation of, or refusal to vary or revoke, any condition of a firearms dealer’s registration may in accordance with section 44 of this Act appeal against the imposition, variation or refusal.

37 Registration of new place of business.E+W+S

(1)A person registered in any area as a firearms dealer and proposing to carry on business as such at a place of business in that area which is not entered in the register, shall notify the chief officer of police for that area and furnish him with such particulars as may be prescribed; and the officer shall, subject to the provisions of this section, enter that place of business in the register.

(2)The chief officer of police, if he is satisfied that a place of business notified to him by a person under subsection (1) of this section is a place at which that person cannot be permitted to carry on business as a firearms dealer without danger to the public safety or to the peace, may refuse to enter it in the register.

(3)A person aggrieved by the refusal by a chief officer of police to enter in the register a place of business of his may in accordance with section 44 of this Act appeal against the refusal.

38 Removal from register of dealer’s name or place of business.E+W+S

(1)If the chief officer of police, after giving reasonable notice to a person whose name is on the register, is satisfied that the person—

(a)is no longer carrying on business as a firearms dealer; or

(b)has ceased to have a place of business in the area; or

(c)cannot be permitted to continue to carry on business as a firearms dealer without danger to the public safety or to the peace,

he shall (subject to this section) cause the name of that person to be removed from the register.

(2)In the case of a person for the time being authorised by the Defence Council under section 5 of this Act to manufacture, sell or transfer prohibited weapons or ammunition, the chief officer of police shall not remove his name from the register on the ground that he cannot be permitted to continue to carry on business as a firearms dealer without danger to the public safety or to the peace.

(3)If the chief officer of police is satisfied that a person registered as a firearms dealer has failed to comply with any of the conditions of registration in force under section 36 of this Act, he may remove from the register either that person’s name or any place of business of his to which the condition relates.

(4)If the chief officer of police is satisfied that a place entered in the register as a person’s place of business is one at which that person cannot be permitted to carry on business as a firearms dealer without danger to the public safety or to the peace, he may remove that place from the register.

(5)The chief officer of police shall cause the name of a person to be removed from the register if the person so desires.

(6)If a person for the time being registered fails to comply with any requirement of section 33(5) of this Act, the chief officer of police shall by notice in writing require him to comply with that requirement and, if the person fails to do so within twenty-one days from the date of the notice or within such further time as the chief officer may in special circumstances allow, shall cause his name to be removed from the register.

(7)A person aggrieved by the removal of his name from the register, or by the removal from the register of a place of business of his, may in accordance with section 44 of this Act appeal against the removal.

(8)Where the chief officer of police causes the name of a firearms dealer to be removed from the register, he shall by notice in writing require the dealer to surrender his certificate of registration [F122and the register of transactions kept by him under section 40 of this Act][F123(or, if the register is kept by means of a computer, a copy of the information comprised in that register in a visible and legible form)]; and it is an offence for the dealer to fail to do so within twenty-one days from the date of the notice:

Provided that, if an appeal is brought against the removal, this subsection shall not apply to that removal unless the appeal is abandoned or dismissed and shall then apply with the substitution, for the reference to the date of the notice, of a reference to the date on which the appeal was abandoned or dismissed.

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C30S. 38(2) modified (1.11.1968) by S.I. 1968/1200, art. 3

39 Offences in connection with registration.E+W+S

(1)A person commits an offence if, for the purpose—

(a)of procuring the registration of himself or another person as a firearms dealer; or

(b)of procuring, whether for himself or another person, the entry of any place of business in a register of firearms dealers,

he [F124knowingly or recklessly makes a statement false in any material particular].

(2)A person commits an offence if, being a registered firearms dealer, he has a place of business which is not entered in the register for the area in which the place of business is situated and carries on business as a firearms dealer at that place.

(3)Without prejudice to section 38(3) above, a person commits an offence if he fails to comply with any of the conditions of registration imposed on him by the chief officer of police under section 36 of this Act.

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40 Compulsory register of transactions in firearms.E+W+S

(1)Subject to section 41 of this Act, every person who by way of trade or business manufactures, sells or transfers firearms or ammunition shall provide and keep a register of transactions and shall enter or cause to be entered therein the particulars specified in Schedule 4 to this Act.

(2)In subsection (1) above and in the said Schedule 4, any reference F125. . . to ammunition is to be construed as not including—

(a)cartridges containing five or more shot, none of which exceeds ·36 inch in diameter;

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

(c)blank cartridges not more than one inch in diameter measured immediately in front of the rim or cannelure of the base of the cartridge.

(3)Every entry required by subsection (1) of this section to be made in the register shall be made within twenty-four hours after the transaction to which it relates took place and, in the case of a sale or transfer, every person to whom that subsection applies shall at the time of the transaction require the purchaser or transferee, if not known to him, to furnish particulars sufficient for identification and shall immediately enter the said particulars in the register.

[F126(3A)Every person keeping a register in accordance with this section shall (unless required to surrender the register under section 38(8) of this Act) keep it for such a period that each entry made after the coming into force of this subsection will be available for inspection for at least five years from the date on which it was made.]

(4)Every person keeping a register in accordance with this section shall on demand allow [F127a constable][F128or a civilian officer], duly authorised in writing in that behalf by the chief officer of police, to enter and inspect all stock in hand and shall on request by an officer of police so authorised or by an officer of customs and excise produce the register [F129(or if the register is kept by means of a computer, a copy of the information comprised in that register in a visible and legible form);] for inspection:

Provided that, where a written authority is required by this subsection, the authority shall be produced on demand.

[F130(4A)Every person keeping a register in accordance with this section by means of a computer shall secure that the information comprised in the register can readily be produced in a form in which it is visible and legible and can be taken away.]

(5)It is an offence for a person to fail to comply with any provision of this section or knowingly to make any false entry in the register required to be kept thereunder.

(6)Nothing in this section applies to the sale of firearms or ammunition by auction in accordance with the terms of a permit issued under section 9(2) of this Act.

(7)Rules made by the Secretary of State under section 53 of this Act may vary or add to Schedule 4 to this Act, and references in this section to that Schedule shall be construed as references to the Schedule as for the time being so varied or added to.

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41 Exemption from s. 40 in case of trade in shot gun components.E+W+S

If it appears to the chief officer of police that—

(a)a person required to be registered as a firearms dealer carries on a trade or business in the course of which he manufactures, tests or repairs component parts or accessories for shot guns, but does not manufacture, test or repair complete shot guns; and

(b)it is impossible to assemble a shot gun from the parts likely to come into that person’s possession in the course of that trade or business,

the chief officer of police may, if he thinks fit, by notice in writing given to that person exempt his transactions in those parts and accessories, so long as the notice is in force, from all or any of the requirements of section 40 of this Act and Schedule 4 thereto.

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[F13242A Information as to transactions under visitors’ permits.E+W+S

(1)A person who sells, lets on hire, gives or lends a shot gun with a magazine to another person who—

(a)shows that he is entitled to purchase or acquire the weapon as the holder of a visitor’s shot gun permit under section 17 of the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1988; but

(b)fails to show that the purchase or acquisition falls within subsection (1A)(c) or (d) of that section (temporary acquisi tions or purchases or acquisitions by collectors etc.) or that he resides outside the member States,

shall, within forty-eight hours of the transaction, send by registered post or the recorded delivery service notice of the transaction to the chief officer of police who granted that permit.

(2)A notice under subsection (1) above shall—

(a)contain a description of the shot gun (giving the identification number if any);

(b)state the nature of the transaction (giving the name of the person to whom the gun has been sold, let on hire, given or lent, his address in the member State where he resides and the number and place of issue of his passport, if any); and

(c)set out the particulars of any licence granted for the purposes of an order made under section 1 of the Import, Export and Customs Powers (Defence) Act 1939 by virtue of which the transaction is authorised under section 17 of that Act of 1988.

(3)It is an offence for a person to fail to comply with this section.]

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F132S. 42A inserted (1.1.1993) by S.I. 1992/2823, reg. 6(2)

43 Power of Secretary of State to alter fees. E+W+S

(1)Sections 32 and 35 of this Act may be amended by an order made by the Secretary of State so as to vary any sum specified thereby, or so as to provide that any sum payable thereunder shall cease to be so payable.

(2)An order made under this section may—

(a)be limited to such cases as may be specified by the order and may make different provision for different cases so specified; and

(b)be revoked or varied by a subsequent order so made.

(3)The power to make orders under this section shall be exercisable by statutory instrument and any statutory instrument containing such an order shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.

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C32S. 43 extended (prosp.) by 1997 c. 5, ss. 21(6), 53(3) (which amending s. 21(6) was repealed (17.12.1997) by 1997 c. 64, s. 2(7), Sch.; S.I. 1997/3114, art. 3, Sch. Pt. I)

S. 43 extended (prosp.) by 1988 c. 45, s. 15A(3) (as inserted (prosp.) by 1997 c. 5, ss. 46, 53(3)) (which amending s. 15A(3) of 1998 c. 45 and s. 46 of 1997 c. 5 were repealed (17.12.1997) by 1997 c. 64, s. 2(7), Sch.; S.I. 1997/3114, art. 3, Sch. Pt. I)

[F13344 Appeals against police decisions.E+W+S

(1)An appeal against a decision of a chief officer of police under section 28A, 29, 30A, 30B, 30C, 34, 36, 37 or 38 of this Act lies—

(a)in England and Wales, to the Crown Court; and

(b)in Scotland, to the sheriff.

(2)An appeal shall be determined on the merits (and not by way of review).

(3)The court or sheriff hearing an appeal may consider any evidence or other matter, whether or not it was available when the decision of the chief officer was taken.

(4)In relation to an appeal specified in the first column of Part I of Schedule 5 to this Act, the third column shows the sheriff having jurisdiction to entertain the appeal.

(5)In Schedule 5 to this Act—

(a)Part II shall have effect in relation to appeals to the Crown Court; and

(b)Part III shall have effect in relation to appeals to the sheriff.]

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45 Consequences where registered dealer convicted of offence.E+W+S

(1)Where a registered firearms dealer is convicted of an offence relevant for the purposes of this section the court may order—

(a)that the name of the dealer be removed from the register; and

(b)that neither the dealer nor any person who acquires his business, nor any person who took part in the management of the business and was knowingly a party to the offence, shall be registered as a firearms dealer; and

(c)that any person who, after the date of the order, knowingly employs in the management of his business the dealer convicted of the offence or any person who was knowingly a party to the offence, shall not be registered as a firearms dealer or, if so registered, shall be liable to be removed from the register; and

(d)that any stock-in-hand of the business shall be disposed of by sale or otherwise in accordance with such directions as may be contained in the order.

(2)The offences relevant for the purposes of this section are:—

(a)all offences under this Act, except an offence under section 2, 22(3) or 24(3) or an offence relating specifically to air weapons; and

(b)offences against the [F134enactments for the time being in force relating to customs or excise] in respect of the import or export of firearms or ammunition to which section 1 of this Act applies, or of shot guns.

(3)A person aggrieved by an order made under this section may appeal against the order in the same manner as against the conviction, and the court may, if it thinks fit, suspend the operation of the order pending the appeal.

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Part IIIE+W+S Law Enforcement and Punishment of Offences

[F13546 Power of search with warrant.E+W+S

(1)If a justice of the peace or, in Scotland, the sheriff, is satisfied by information on oath that there is reasonable ground for suspecting—

(a)that an offence relevant for the purposes of this section has been, is being, or is about to be committed; or

(b)that, in connection with a firearm or ammunition, there is a danger to the public safety or to the peace,

he may grant a warrant for any of the purposes mentioned in subsection (2) below.

(2)A warrant under this section may authorise a constable or civilian officer—

(a)to enter at any time any premises or place named in the warrant, if necessary by force, and to search the premises or place and every person found there;

(b)to seize and detain anything which he may find on the premises or place, or on any such person, in respect of which or in connection with which he has reasonable ground for suspecting—

(i)that an offence relevant for the purposes of this section has been, is being or is about to be committed; or

(ii)that in connection with a firearm, imitation firearm or ammunition there is a danger to the public safety or to the peace.

(3)The power of a constable or civilian officer under subsection (2)(b) above to seize and detain anything found on any premises or place shall include power to require any information which is [F136stored in any electronic form] and is accessible from the premises or place to be produced in a form in which it is visible and legible [F137or from which it can readily be produced in a visible and legible form] and can be taken away.

(4)The offences relevant for the purposes of this section are all offences under this Act except an offence under section 22(3) or an offence relating specifically to air weapons.

(5)It is an offence for any person intentionally to obstruct a constable or civilian officer in the exercise of his powers under this section.]

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Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C33S. 46 extended (1.7.1997) by 1997 c. 5, s. 50(4); S.I. 1997/1535, art. 3(b), Sch. Pt. I; S. 46: power of seizure extended (1.4.2003)

by 2001 c. 16, ss. 50, 52-54, 68, 138(2), Sch. 1 Pts. I, II paras. 8, 76; S.I. 2003/708, art. 2(j)

S. 46 modified (1.4.2003) by 2001 c. 16, ss. 55, 57(3), 68, 138(2), Sch. 1 Pt. III para. 91; S.I. 2003/708, art. 2(j)

S. 46 applied with modifcations (6.4.2007) by 2006 c. 38, ss. 50(3)(a), 66(2); S.I. 2007/858, {art. 2(h)((ii)}

C34S. 46(3) modified (1.4.2003) by 2001 c. 16, ss. 63, 138(2); S.I. 2003/708, art. 2(a)

47 Powers of constables to stop and search.E+W+S

(1)A constable may require any person whom he has reasonable cause to suspect—

(a)of having a firearm, with or without ammunition, with him in a public place; or

(b)to be committing or about to commit, elsewhere than in a public place, an offence relevant for the purposes of this section,

to hand over the firearm or any ammunition for examination by the constable.

(2)It is an offence for a person having a firearm or ammunition with him to fail to hand it over when required to do so by a constable under subsection (1) of this section.

(3)If a constable has reasonable cause to suspect a person of having a firearm with him in a public place, or to be committing or about to commit, elsewhere than in a public place, an offence relevant for the purposes of this section, the constable may search that person and may detain him for the purpose of doing so.

(4)If a constable has reasonable cause to suspect that there is a firearm in a vehicle in a public place, or that a vehicle is being or is about to be used in connection with the commission of an offence relevant for the purposes of this section elsewhere than in a public place, he may search the vehicle and for that purpose require the person driving or in control of it to stop it.

(5)For the purpose of exercising the powers conferred by this section a constable may enter any place.

(6)The offences relevant for the purpose of this section are those under sections 18(1) and (2) and 20 of this Act.

48 Production of certificates.E+W+S

(1)A constable may demand, from any person whom he believes to be in possession of a firearm or ammunition to which section 1 of this Act applies, or of a shot gun, the production of his firearm certificate or, as the case may be, his shot gun certificate.

[F138(1A)Where a person upon whom a demand has been made by a constable under subsection (1) above and whom the constable believes to be in possession of a firearm fails—

(a)to produce a firearm certificate or, as the case may be, a shot gun certificate;

(b)to show that he is a person who, by reason of his place of residence or any other circumstances, is not entitled to be issued with a document identifying that firearm under any of the provisions which in the other member States correspond to the provisions of this Act for the issue of European firearms passes; or

(c)to show that he is in possession of the firearm exclusively in connection with the carrying on of activities in respect of which, he or the person on whose behalf he has possession of the firearm, is recognised, for the purposes of the law of another member State relating to firearms, as a collector of firearms or a body concerned in the cultural or historical aspects of weapons,

the constable may demand from that person the production of a document which has been issued to that person in another member State under any such corresponding provisions, identifies that firearm as a firearm to which it relates and is for the time being valid.]

(2)If a person upon whom a demand is made under this section fails to produce the certificate [F139or document] or to permit the constable to read it, or to show that he is entitled by virtue of this Act to have the firearm, ammunition or shot gun in his possession without holding a certificate, the constable may seize and detain the firearm, ammunition or shot gun and may require the person to declare to him immediately his name and address.

(3)If under this section a person is required to declare to a consta ble his name and address, it is an offence for him to refuse to declare it or to fail to give his true name and address.

[F140(4)It is an offence for a person who is in possession of a firearm to fail to comply with a demand under subsection (1A) above.]

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F138S. 48(1A) inserted (1.1.1993) by S.I. 1992/2823, reg. 7(2)

F139Words in s. 48(2) inserted (1.1.1993) by S.I. 1992/2823, reg. 7(3)

F140s. 48(4) inserted (1.1.1993) by S.I. 1992/2823, reg. 7(4)

49 Police powers in relation to arms traffic.E+W+S

(1)[F141A constable] may search for and seize any firearms or ammunition which he has reason to believe are being removed, or to have been removed, in contravention of an order made under section 6 of this Act or of a corresponding Northern Irish order within the meaning of subsection (3)(c) of that section.

(2)A person having the control or custody of any firearms or ammunition in course of transit shall, on demand by a constable, allow him all reasonable facilities for the examination and inspection thereof and shall produce any documents in his possession relating thereto.

(3)It is an offence for a person to fail to comply with subsection (2) of this section.

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[F14250 Special powers of arrest.E+W+S

(1)A constable making a search of premises under the authority of a warrant under section 46 of this Act may arrest without warrant any person found on the premises whom he has reason to believe to be guilty of an offence relevant for the purposes of that section.

(2)A constable may arrest without warrant any person whom he has reasonable cause to suspect to be committing an offence under section 19, 20, 21 or 47(2) of this Act and, for the purpose of exercising the power conferred by this subsection, may enter any place.

In Scotland, this subsection shall have effect with the inclusion of a reference to an offence under section 4, 5 or 18 of this Act.

(3)A constable may arrest without warrant a person who refuses to declare his name and address when required to do so under section 48(2) of this Act, or whom he in such a case suspects of giving a false name and address or of intending to abscond.]

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51 Prosecution and punishment of offences.E+W+S

(1)Part I of Schedule 6 to this Act shall have effect with respect to the way in which offences under this Act are punishable on conviction.

(2)In relation to an offence under a provision of this Act specified in the first column of the Schedule (the general nature of the offence being described in the second column),—

(a)the third column shows whether the offence is punishable on summary conviction or on indictment or either in one way or the other; and

(b)the fourth column shows the maximum punishment by way of fine or imprisonment under this Act which may be imposed on a person convicted of the offence in the way specified in relation thereto in the third column (that is to say, summarily or on indictment), any reference in the fourth column to a period of years or months being construed as a reference to a term of imprisonment of that duration.

(3)The provisions contained in Part II of Schedule 6 to this Act (being provisions as to the inclusion in an indictment in Scotland of certain summary offences, the punishments which may be imposed when a person is convicted of more than one offence arising out of the same set of circumstances, alternative verdicts and the orders which, in certain cases, a court may make when a person is convicted by or before it) shall have effect in relation to such of the offences specified in Part I of that Schedule as are indicated by entries against those offences in the fifth column of that Part.

(4)Notwithstanding [F143section 127(1) of the Magistrates’ Courts Act 1980] or [F144section 331 of the M7Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1975] (limitation of time for taking proceedings) summary proceedings for an offence under this Act, other than an offence under section 22(3) or an offence relating specifically to air weapons, may be instituted at any time within four years after the commission of the offence:

Provided that no such proceedings shall be instituted in England after the expiration of six months after the commission of the offence unless they are instituted by, or by the direction of, the Director of Public Prosecutions.

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Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C37S. 51(4) applied with modifications (6.4.2007) by 2006 c. 38, ss. 50(3)(b), 66(2); S.I. 2007/858, art. 2(h)(ii)

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[F14551AMinimum sentence for certain offences under s. 5E+W+S

(1)This section applies where—

(a)an individual is convicted of—

(i)an offence under section 5(1)(a), (ab), (aba), (ac), (ad), (ae), (af) or (c) of this Act, F146. . .

(ii)an offence under section 5(1A)(a) of this Act, [F147or]

[F148(iii)an offence under any of the provisions of this Act listed in subsection (1A) in respect of a firearm or ammunitionspecified in section 5(1)(a), (ab), (aba), (ac), (ad), (ae),(af) or (c) or section 5(1A)(a) of this Act, and]

(b)the offence was committed after the commencement of this section and at a time when he was aged 16 or over.

[F149(1A)The provisions are—

(a)section 16 (possession of firearm with intent to injure);

(b)section 16A (possession of firearm with intent to cause fear of violence);

(c)section 17 (use of firearm to resist arrest);

(d)section 18 (carrying firearm with criminal intent);

(e)section 19 (carrying a firearm in a public place);

(f)section 20(1)(trespassing in a building with firearm).]

(2)The court shall impose an appropriate custodial sentence (or order for detention) for a term of at least the required minimum term (with or without a fine) unless the court is of the opinion that there are exceptional circumstances relating to the offence or to the offender which justify its not doing so.

(3)Where an offence is found to have been committed over a period of two or more days, or at some time during a period of two or more days, it shall be taken for the purposes of this section to have been committed on the last of those days.

(4)In this section “appropriate custodial sentence (or order for detention)” means—

(a)in relation to England and Wales—

(i)in the case of an offender who is aged 18 or over when convicted, a sentence of imprisonment, and

(ii)in the case of an offender who is aged under 18 at that time, a sentence of detention under section 91 of the Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000;

(b)in relation to Scotland—

(i)in the case of an offender who is aged 21 or over when convicted, a sentence of imprisonment,

(ii)in the case of an offender who is aged under 21 at that time (not being an offender mentioned in sub-paragraph (iii)), a sentence of detention under section 207 of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995, and

(iii)in the case of an offender who is aged under 18 at that time and is subject to a supervision requirement, an order for detention under section 44, or sentence of detention under section 208, of that Act.

(5)In this section “the required minimum term” means—

(a)in relation to England and Wales—

(i)in the case of an offender who was aged 18 or over when he committed the offence, five years, and

(ii)in the case of an offender who was under 18 at that time, three years, and

(b)in relation to Scotland—

(i)in the case of an offender who was aged 21 or over when he committed the offence, five years, and

(ii)in the case of an offender who was aged under 21 at that time, three years.]]

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C38S. 51A applied in part (with modifications) (prosp.) by Armed Forces Act 2006 (c. 52), ss. 227, 383 (with s. 385)

C39S. 51A(1)(b): power to modify conferred (22.1.2004) by Criminal Justice Act 2003 (c. 44), ss. 291(1)(a), 336; S.I. 2004/81, art. 3

52Forfeiture and disposal of firearms; cancellation of certificate by convicting court. E+W+S

(1)Where a person—

(a)is convicted of an offence under this Act (other than an offence under section 22(3) or an offence relating specifically to air weapons) or is convicted of a crime for which he is sentenced to imprisonment, . . . F150 or detention in a detention centre or [F151in a young offenders’ institution] in Scotland [F152or is subject to a [F153detention and training order]]; or

(b)has been ordered to enter into a recognizance to keep the peace or to be of good behaviour, a condition of which is that he shall not possess, use or carry a firearm; or

(c)is subject to a [F154community order] containing a requirement that he shall not possess, use or carry a firearm; or

(d)has, in Scotland, been ordained to find caution a condition of which is that he shall not possess, use or carry a firearm,

the court by or before which he is convicted, or by which the order is made, may make such order as to the forfeiture or disposal of any firearm or ammunition found in his possession as the court thinks fit and may cancel any firearm certificate or shot gun certificate held by him.

[F155(1A)In subsection (1)(c) “community order” means—

(a)a community order within the meaning of Part 12 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 made in England and Wales, or

(b)a probation order made in Scotland.]

(2)Where the court cancels a certificate under this section—

(a)the court shall cause notice to be sent to the chief officer of police by whom the certificate was granted; and

(b)the chief officer of police shall by notice in writing require the holder of the certificate to surrender it; and

(c)it is an offence for the holder to fail to surrender the certificate within twenty-one days from the date of the notice given him by the chief officer of police.

(3)A constable may seize and detain any firearm or ammunition which may be the subject of an order for forfeiture under this section.

(4)A court of summary jurisdiction or, in Scotland, the sheriff may, on the application of the chief officer of police, order any firearm or ammunition seized and detained by a constable under this Act to be destroyed or otherwise disposed of.

[F156(5)In this section references to ammunition include references to a primer to which section 35 of the Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006 applies and to an empty cartridge case incorporating such a primer.]

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F150Words repealed by Criminal Justice Act 1988 (c. 33, SIF 39:1), ss. 123(6). 170(2), Sch. 8 para. 16, Sch. 16

F151Words in s. 52(1)(a) repealed (prosp.) by virtue of 2000 c. 43, ss. 75, 80, Sch. 8

F153S. 52(1): words “detention and training order” substituted for “secure training order” (E.W.) (1.4.2000) by 1998 c. 37, s. 119, Sch. 8 para. 15; S.I. 1999/3426, art. 3(b)

F156S. 52(5) inserted (6.4.2007) by Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006 ( c. 38), ss. {50(5)}, 66(2); S.I. 2007/858, art. 2(h)(i)

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

Part IVE+W+S Miscellaneous and General

53 Rules for implementing this Act. E+W+S

The Secretary of State may by statutory instrument make rules—

(a)prescribing the form of certificates under this Act, and the register required to be kept under section 40 of this Act and other documents;

(b)prescribing any other thing which under this Act is to be prescribed; and

(c)generally for carrying this Act into effect;

and rules made under this section may make different provision for different cases.

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54 Application of Parts I and II to Crown servants. E+W+S

(1)Sections 1, 2, 7 to 13 and [F15726A to 32] of this Act apply, subject to the modifications specified in subsection (2) of this section, to persons in the service of Her Majesty in their capacity as such so far as those provisions relate to the purchase and acquisition, but not so far as they relate to the possession, of firearms.

(2)The modifications referred to above are the following:—

(a)a person in the service of Her Majesty duly authorised in writing in that behalf may purchase or acquire firearms and ammunition for the public service without holding a certificate under this Act;

(b)a person in the naval, military or air service of Her Majesty shall, if he satisfies the chief officer of police on an application under [F158section 26A] of this Act that he is required to purchase a firearm or ammunition for his own use in his capacity as such, be entitled without payment of any fee to the grant of a firearm certificate authorising the purchase or acquisition or, as the case may be, to the grant of a shot gun certificate.

[F159(3)For the purposes of this section and of any rule of law whereby any provision of this Act does not bind the Crown, a person shall be deemed to be in the service of Her Majesty if he is—

(a)a member of a police force, or

(b)a person employed by a police authority who is under the direction and control of a chief officer of police [F160, or.]

(c)a member of the [F161staff of the Serious Organised Crime Agency] .]

[F162(3A)An appropriately authorised person who is either a member of the British Transport Police Force or an associated civilian employee does not commit any offence under this Act by reason of having in his possession, or purchasing or acquiring, for use by that Force anything which is—

(a)a prohibited weapon by virtue of paragraph (b) of section 5(1) of this Act; or

(b)ammunition containing or designed or adapted to contain any such noxious thing as is mentioned in that paragraph.

[F163(3AA)For the purposes of this section and of any rule of law whereby any provision of this Act does not bind the Crown—

(a)a member of the Civil Nuclear Constabulary shall be deemed to be a person in the service of Her Majesty; and

(b)references to the public service shall be deemed to include references to use by a person in the exercise and performance of his powers and duties as a member of the Civil Nuclear Constabulary.]

(3B)In subsection (3A) of this section—

(a)appropriately authorised” means authorised in writing by the Chief Constable of the British Transport Police Force or, if he is not available, by a member of that Force who is of at least the rank of assistant chief constable; and

(b)associated civilian employee” means a person employed by the [F164British Transport Police Authority] who is under the direction and control of the Chief Constable of the British Transport Police Force.]

[F165(4)For the purposes of this section and any rule of law whereby any provision of this Act does not bind the Crown, the persons specified in subsection (5) of this section shall be deemed to be in the naval, military or air service of Her Majesty, insofar as they are not otherwise in, or treated as being in, any such service.

(5)The persons referred to in subsection (4) of this section are the following—

(a)members of any foreign force when they are serving with any of the naval, military or air forces of Her Majesty;

(b)members of any cadet corps approved by the Secretary of State when—

(i)they are engaged as members of the corps F166. . . in connection with, drill or [F167target shooting]; and

(ii)in the case of possession of prohibited weapons or prohibited ammunition when engaged in [F167target shooting], they are on service premises; and

(c)persons providing instruction to any members of a cadet corps who fall within paragraph (b).

(6)In subsection (5) of this section—

  • foreign force” means any of the naval, military or air forces of a country other than the United Kingdom; and

  • service premises” means premises, including any ship or aircraft, used for any purpose of any of the naval, military or air forces of Her Majesty.]

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F160S. 54(3)(c) and preceding word inserted (1.4.1998) by 1997 c. 50, s. 134(1), Sch. 9 para. 18; S.I. 1998/354, art. 2(2)(ay)

F163S. 54(3AA) inserted (1.4.2005) by Energy Act 2004 (c. 20), ss. 69, 198(2), Sch. 14 para. 3, S.I. 2005/877, {art. 2(1)}, Sch. 1

F166Words in s. 54(5)(b) repealed (1.10.1997) by 1997 c. 5, s. 52(2), Sch. 3; S.I. 1997/1535, art. 3(c)

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C50S. 54(3) extended (which shall come into force on the date notified in the London, Edinburgh and Belfast Gazettes) by S.I. 1993/1813, art. 7(2) (as amended (on the date notified in the London, Edinburgh and Belfast Gazettes) by 2001/1544, arts. 1(2), 3(2))

S. 54(3) extended (which shall come into force on the date notified in the London, Edinburgh and Belfast Gazettes) by S.I. 2003/2818, art. 9

55 Exercise of police functions. E+W+S

(1)Rules made under section 53 of this Act may—

(a)regulate the manner in which chief officers of police are to carry out their duties under this Act;

(b)enable all or any of the functions of a chief officer of police to be discharged by a deputy in the event of his illness or absence, or of a vacancy in the office of chief officer of police.

(2)Without prejudice to subsection (1)(b) of this section, the functions of a chief officer of police under this Act shall be exercisable on any occasion by a person, or a person of a particular class, authorised by the chief officer of police to exercise that function on that occasion, or on occasions of that class or on all occasions.

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56 Service of notices. E+W+S

Any notice required or authorised by this Act to be given to a person may be sent by registered post or by the recorded delivery service in a letter addressed to him at his last or usual place of abode or, in the case of a registered firearms dealer, at any place of business in respect of which he is registered.

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57 Interpretation.E+W+S

(1)In this Act, the expression “firearm” means a lethal barrelled weapon of any description from which any shot, bullet or other missile can be discharged and includes—

(a)any prohibited weapon, whether it is such a lethal weapon as aforesaid or not; and

(b)any component part of such a lethal or prohibited weapon; and

(c)any accessory to any such weapon designed or adapted to diminish the noise or flash caused by firing the weapon;

and so much of section 1 of this Act as excludes any description of firearm from the category of firearms to which that section applies shall be construed as also excluding component parts of, and accessories to, firearms of that description.

[F168(1A). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .]

(2)In this Act, the expression “ammunition” means ammunition for any firearm and includes grenades, bombs and other like missiles, whether capable of use with a firearm or not, and also includes prohibited ammunition.

[F169(2A)In this Act “self-loading” and “pump-action” in relation to any weapon mean respectively that it is designed or adapted (otherwise than as mentioned in section 5(1)(a)) so that it is automatically re-loaded or that it is so designed or adapted that it is re–loaded by the manual operation of the fore–end or forestock of the weapon.

(2B)In this Act “revolver”, in relation to a smooth-bore gun, means a gun containing a series of chambers which revolve when the gun is fired.]

(3)For purposes of sections 45, 46, 50, 51(4) and 52 of this Act, the offences under this Act relating specifically to air weapons are those under sections 22(4), 22(5), 23(1) and 24(4).

(4)In this Act—

  • acquire” means hire, accept as a gift or borrow and “acquisition” shall be construed accordingly;

  • air weapon” has the meaning assigned to it by section 1(3)(b) of this Act;

  • [F170“another member State” means a member State other than the United Kingdom, and “other member States”shall be construed accordingly;]

  • area” means a police area;

  • [F171“Article 7 authority” means a document issued by virtue of section 32A(1)(b) or (2) of this Act;]

  • [F172British Transport Police Force” means the constables appointed under section 53 of the British Transport Commission Act 1949;]

  • certificate” (except in a context relating to the registration of firearms dealers) and “certificate under this Act” mean a firearm certificate or a shot gun certificate and—

    (a)

    firearm certificate” means a certificate granted by a chief officer of police under this Act in respect of any firearm or ammunition to which section 1 of this Act applies and includes a certificate granted in Northern Ireland under section 1 of the M8Firearms Act 1920 or under an enactment of the Parliament of Northern Ireland amending or substituted for that section; and

    (b)

    shot gun certificate” means a certificate granted by a chief officer of police under this Act and authorising a person to possess shot guns;

  • [F173civilian officer” means—

    (a)

    a person employed by a police authority or the Corporation of the City of London who is under the direction and control of a chief officer of police; F174. . .

    (b)

    . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .]

  • [F175“European firearms pass” means a document to which the holder of a certificate under this Act is entitled by virtue of section 32A(1)(a) of this Act;

  • “European weapons directive”means the directive of the Council of the European Communities No. 91/477/EEC M9 (directive on the control of the acquisition and possession of weapons);]

    • firearms dealer” means a person who, by way of trade or business,

      (a)

      [F176manufactures, sells, transfers, repairs, tests or proves firearms or ammunition to which section 1 of this Act applies orshot guns; or

      (b)

      sells or transfers air weapons.]

    • imitation firearm” means any thing which has the appearance of being a firearm (other than such a weapon as is mentioned in section 5(1)(b) of this Act) whether or not it is capable of discharging any shot, bullet or other missile;

    • . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F177

    • premises” includes any land;

    • prescribed” means prescribed by rules made by the Secretary of State under section 53 of this Act;

    • prohibited weapon” and “prohibited ammunition” have the meanings assigned to them by section 5(2) of this Act;

    • public place” includes any [F178highway][F178road within the meaning of the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984)] and any other premises or place to which at the material time the public have or are permitted to have access, whether on payment or otherwise;

    • registered”, in relation to a firearms dealer, means registered either—

      (a)

      in Great Britain, under section 33 of this Act, or

      (b)

      in Northern Ireland, under section 8 of the M10Firearms Act 1920 or any enactment of the Parliament of Northern Ireland amending or substituted for that section,

      and references to “the register”, “registration” and a “certificate of registration” shall be construed accordingly, except in section 40;

    • [F179rifle”includes carbine;]

    • shot gun” has the meaning assigned to it by section 1(3)(a) of this Act and, in sections 3(1) and 45(2) of this Act and in the definition of “firearms dealer”, includes any component part of a shot gun and any accessory to a shot gun designed or adapted to diminish the noise or flash caused by firing the gun;

    • 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; and

    • transfer” includes let on hire, give, lend and part with possession, and “transferee” and “transferor” shall be construed accordingly.

[F180(4A)For the purposes of any reference in this Act to the use of any firearm or ammunition for a purpose not authorised by the European weapons directive, the directive shall be taken to authorise the use of a firearm or ammunition as or with a slaughtering instrument and the use of a firearm and ammunition—

(a)for sporting purposes;

(b)for the shooting of vermin, or, in the course of carrying on activities in connection with the management of any estate, of other wildlife; and

(c)for competition purposes and target shooting outside competitions.]

(5)The definitions in subsections (1) to (3) above apply to the provisions of this Act except where the context otherwise requires.

(6)For purposes of this Act—

(a)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

(b)a shot gun or an air weapon shall be deemed to be loaded if there is ammunition in the chamber or barrel or in any magazine or other device which is in such a position that the ammunition can be fed into the chamber or barrel by the manual or automatic operation of some part of the gun or weapon.

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F170Definition in s. 57(4) inserted (1.1.1993) by S.I. 1992/2823, reg. 5(2)(a)

F171Definition in s. 57(4) inserted (1.1.1993) by S.I. 1992/2823, reg. 5(2)(b)

F172Definition of “British Transport Police Force” in s. 57(4) inserted (14.12.2001) by 2001 c. 24, s. 101, Sch. 7 para. 10

F173Definition in s. 57(4) of "civilian officer" inserted (1.7.1997) by 1997 c. 5, s. 43(2); S.I. 1997/1535, art. 3(b), Sch. Pt. I

F174S. 57(4): para. (b) in the definition of

civilian officer

and the word “or” immediately preceding it repealed (3.7.2000) by 1999 c. 29, s. 325, 423, Sch. 27 para. 22, Sch. 34 Pt. VII; S.I. 2000/1648, art. 2, Sch.

F175Definitions in s. 57(4) inserted (1.1.1993) by S.I. 1992/2823, reg. 5(2)(c)

F176S. 57(4): words in definition of "firearms dealer" substituted (6.4.2007 for certain purposes and 1.10.2007 otherwise) by Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006 (c. 38), ss. 31(3), 66(2); S.I. 2007/858, art. 2(e); S.I. 2007/2180, art. 4(a)

F177Definition of “indictable offence” repealed by Criminal Law Act 1977 (c. 45), Sch. 13

F178Words “road (within the meaning of the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984)” substituted (S.) for “highway” by Roads (Scotland) Act 1984 (c. 54, SIF 108), s. 156(1), Sch. 9 para. 62

F180S. 57(4A) inserted (1.1.1993) by S.I. 1992/2823, reg. 3(5)

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58 Particular savings. E+W+S

(1)Nothing in this Act shall apply to the proof houses of the Master, Wardens and Society of the Mystery of Gunmakers of the City of London and the guardians of the Birmingham proof house or the rifle range at Small Heath in Birmingham where firearms are sighted and tested, so as to interfere in any way with the operations of those two companies in proving firearms under the provisions of the M11Gun Barrel Proof Act 1868 or any other Acts for the time being in force, or to any person carrying firearms to or from any such proof house when being taken to such proof house for the purposes of proof or being removed therefrom after proof.

(2)Nothing in this Act relating to firearms shall apply to an antique firearm which is sold, transferred, purchased, acquired or possessed as a curiosity or ornament.

(3)The provisions of this Act relating to ammunition shall be in addition to and not in derogation of any enactment relating to the keeping and sale of explosives.

(4)The powers of arrest and entry conferred by Part III of this Act shall be without prejudice to any power of arrest or entry which may exist apart from this Act; and section 52(3) of this Act is not to be taken as prejudicing the power of a constable, when arresting a person for an offence, to seize property found in his possession or any other power of a constable to seize firearms, ammunition or other property, being a power exercisable apart from that subsection.

(5)Nothing in this Act relieves any person using or carrying a firearm from his obligation to take out a licence to kill game under the enactments requiring such a licence.

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M111868 c. cxiii.

59 Repeals and general savings.E+W+S

(1)The enactments specified in the second column of Schedule 7 to this Act are hereby repealed to the extent specified in the third column of that Schedule.

(2)In so far as any certificate, authority or permit granted, order or rule made, registration effected, or other thing done under an enactment repealed by this Act could have been granted, made, effected or done under a corresponding provision of this Act, it shall not be invalidated by the repeal of that enactment but shall have effect as if granted, made, effected or done under that corresponding provision; and for the purposes of this provision anything which under section 33(1) or (2) of the M12Firearms Act 1937 had effect as if done under any enactment in that Act shall, so far as may be necessary for the continuity of the law, be treated as done under the corresponding enactment in this Act.

(3)Any document referring to an enactment repealed by this Act or by the M13Firearms Act 1937 shall, so far as may be necessary for preserving its effect, be construed as referring, or as including a reference, to the corresponding enactment in this Act.

(4)The mention of particular matters in this section shall not be taken to affect the general application of section 38 of the M14Interpretation Act 1889 with regard to the effect of repeals.

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C59The text of s. 59(1) and Sch. 7 is in the form in which it was originally enacted: it was not reproduced in Statutes in Force and does not reflect any amendments or repeals which may have been made prior to 1.2.1991.

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60 Short title, commencement and extent.E+W+S

(1)This Act may be cited as the Firearms Act 1968.

(2)This Act shall come into force on 1st August 1968.

(3)This Act shall not extend to Northern Ireland.

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Section 17.

SCHEDULE 1E+W+S Offences to which section 17(2) applies

[F1811Offences under section 1 of the M15Criminal Damage Act 1971.]E+W+S

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2Offences under any of the following provisions of the Offences Against the M16Person Act 1861:—E+W+S

  • sections 20 to 22 (inflicting bodily injury; garrotting; criminal use of stupefying drugs);

  • section 30 (laying explosive to building etc. );

  • section 32 (endangering railway passengers by tampering with track);

  • section 38 (assault with intent to commit felony or resist arrest);

  • section 47 (criminal assaults);

  • . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F182

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[F1832AOffences under Part I of the Child Abduction Act 1984 (abduction of children).]E+W+S

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[F1843Offences under such of the provisions of section 4 of the Vagrancy Act 1824 as are referred to in and amended by section 15 of the Prevention of Crimes Act 1871 and section 7 of the Penal Servitude Act 1891 (suspected persons and reputed thieves being abroad with criminal intent).]E+W+S

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F1854Theft, [F186robbery] burglary, blackmail and any offence under section 12(1) (taking of motor vehicle or other conveyance without owner’s consent) of the M17Theft Act 1968.E+W+S

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F185Para. 4 substituted by Theft Act 1968 (c.60) Sch. 2 Pt. III

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5Offences under [F187section 89(1) of the Police Act 1996] or section 41 of the M18Police (Scotland) Act 1967 (assaulting constable in execution of his duty).E+W+S

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F187Words in Sch. 1 para. 5 substituted (22.8.1996) by 1996 c. 16, ss. 103, 104(1), Sch. 7 Pt. II para. 16

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[F1885AAn offence under section 90(1) of the Criminal Justice Act 1991 (assaulting prisoner custody officer).]E+W+S

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[F1916Offences under any of the following provisions of the Sexual Offences Act 2003—E+W+S

(a)section 1 (rape);

(b)section 2 (assault by penetration);

(c)section 4 (causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent), where the activity caused involved penetration within subsection (4)(a) to (d) of that section;

(d)section 5 (rape of a child under 13);

(e)section 6 (assault of a child under 13 by penetration);

(f)section 8 (causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity), where an activity involving penetration within subsection (3)(a) to (d) of that section was caused;

(g)section 30 (sexual activity with a person with a mental disorder impeding choice), where the touching involved penetration within subsection (3)(a) to (d) of that section;

(h)section 31 (causing or inciting a person, with a mental disorder impeding choice, to engage in sexual activity), where an activity involving penetration within subsection (3)(a) to (d) of that section was caused.]

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7. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F192E+W+S

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8Aiding or abetting the commission of any offence specified in [F193paragraphs 1 to 6] of this Schedule.E+W+S

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9Attempting to commit any offence so specified, . . . F194E+W+S

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Sections 17, 18.

SCHEDULE 2E+W+S Offences to which sections 17(2) and 18 apply in Scotland

Common Law OffencesE+W+S

1Abduction.E+W+S

2Administration of drugs with intent to enable or assist the commission of a crime.E+W+S

3Assault.E+W+S

4Housebreaking with intent to steal.E+W+S

5Malicious mischief.E+W+S

6Mobbing and rioting.E+W+S

7Perverting the course of justice.E+W+S

8Prison breaking and breaking into prison to rescue prisoners.E+W+S

9Rape.E+W+S

10Robbery.E+W+S

11Theft.E+W+S

12Use of threats with intent to extort money or property.E+W+S

13Wilful fireraising and culpable and reckless fireraising.E+W+S

Statutory OffencesE+W+S

[F19513AOffences against section 57 of the Civil Government (Scotland) Act 1982]E+W+S

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[F19613BAn offence under paragraph 4 of Schedule 11 to the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 (assaulting a detainee custody officer).]E+W+S

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[F19714Offences against such of the provisions of section 4 of the M19Vagrancy Act 1824 as are extended to Scotland by section 15 of the M20Prevention of Crimes Act 1871.]E+W+S

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15Offences against the third and fourth paragraphs of section 7 of the M21Prevention of Crimes Act 1871.E+W+S

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16Offences against sections 2, 3 or 4 of the M22Explosive Substances Act 1883.E+W+S

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18Offences against section 41 of the M24Police (Scotland) Act 1967.E+W+S

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AttemptsE+W+S

19Attempt to commit any of the offences mentioned in this Schedule.E+W+S

Section 21.

SCHEDULE 3E+W+S Jurisdiction and Procedure on application under section 21(6)

Part IE+W+S Application to [F199the Crown Court] (England and Wales)

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2Notice of the application, signed by the applicant or by his agent on his behalf and stating the general grounds of the application, shall be given by him to the [F201appropriate officer of the Crown Court] and also to the chief officer of police for the area in which the applicant resides.E+W+S

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F201Words substituted by virtue of Courts Act 1971 (c. 23), Sch. 8 Pt. I para. 2

3On receiving notice of the application the [F202appropriate officer of the Crown Court] shall enter the application and give notice to the applicant, and to the chief officer of police to whom the notice of the application is required by paragraph 2 of this Schedule to be given, of the date, time and place fixed for the hearing; but the date shall not be less than twenty-one clear days after the date when the [F202appropriate officer of the Crown Court] received the notice of the application.E+W+S

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F202Words substituted by virtue of Courts Act 1971 (c. 23), Sch. 8 Pt. I para. 2

4The applicant may at any time, not less than two clear days before the date fixed for the hearing, abandon his application by giving notice in writing to the [F203appropriate officer of the Crown Court] and to the chief officer of police; and if he does so the [F204Crown Court] (hereafter in this Schedule referred to as “the court”) may order the applicant to pay to the chief officer of police such costs as appear to it to be just and reasonable in respect of expenses properly incurred by him in connection with the application before notice of abandonment was given to him.E+W+S

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F203Words substituted by virtue of Courts Act 1971 (c. 23), Sch. 8 Pt. I para. 2

5The chief officer of police may appear and be heard on the hearing of the application.E+W+S

6The court may from time to time adjourn the hearing of the application.E+W+S

7On the determination of the application, the court may make such order as to payment of costs as it thinks fit, and may fix a sum to be paid by way of costs in lieu of directing a taxation thereof, and any costs ordered to be paid by the court may be recovered summarily as a civil debt and shall not be recoverable in any other manner:E+W+S

Provided that the chief officer of police shall not under this paragraph be ordered to pay the costs of the applicant.

Part IIE+W+S Application to Sheriff (Scotland)

8The application shall be made to the sheriff within whose jurisdiction the applicant resides.E+W+S

9Not less than twenty-one days’ notice of the application shall be given to the chief officer of police for the area in which the applicant resides.E+W+S

Section 40.

SCHEDULE 4E+W+S Particulars to be Entered by Firearms Dealer in Register of Transactions

[F205PART 1 E+W+S+N.I.PARTICULARS RELATING TO FIREARMS (OTHER THAN AIR WEAPONS) AND AMMUNITION]

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Prospective

[F205Note: in this Part references to firearms do not include any firearm to which Part 2 of this Schedule applies]E+W+S+N.I.

X11The quantities and description of firearms and ammunition manufactured and the dates thereof.E+W+S+N.I.

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X1The insertion of the new Pt. 2 in Sch. 4 on 1.10.2007 gives rise to a change in the structure of this legislation on SLD which breaks the continuity of historical versions of the existing provisions which are now brought under that new heading.

X22The quantities and description of firearms and ammunition purchased or acquired with the names and addresses of the sellers or transferors and the dates of the several transactions.E+W+S+N.I.

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X2The insertion of the new Pt. 2 in Sch. 4 on 1.10.2007 gives rise to a change in the structure of this legislation on SLD which breaks the continuity of historical versions of the existing provisions which are now brought under that new heading.

X33The quantities and description of firearms and ammunition accepted for sale, repair, test, proof, cleaning, storage, destruction or other purpose, with the names and addresses of the transferors and the dates of the several transactions.E+W+S+N.I.

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X3The insertion of the new Pt. 2 in Sch. 4 on 1.10.2007 gives rise to a change in the structure of this legislation on SLD which breaks the continuity of historical versions of the existing provisions which are now brought under that new heading.

[X44The quantities and description of firearms and ammunition sold or transferred with the names and addresses of the purchasers or transferees and (except in cases where the purchaser or transferee is a registered dealer) the areas in which the firearm certificates were issued, and the dates of the several transactions.]E+W+S+N.I.

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X4The insertion of the new Pt. 2 in Sch. 4 on 1.10.2007 gives rise to a change in the structure of this legislation on SLD which breaks the continuity of historical versions of the existing provisions which are now brought under that new heading.

X55The quantities and description of firearms and ammunition in possession for sale or transfer at the date of the last stocktaking or such other date in each year as may be specified in the register.E+W+S+N.I.

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X5The insertion of the new Pt. 2 in Sch. 4 on 1.10.2007 gives rise to a change in the structure of this legislation on SLD which breaks the continuity of historical versions of the existing provisions which are now brought under that new heading.

[F206PART 2 E+W+SPARTICULARS RELATING TO AIR WEAPONS

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Note: in this Part “air weapon” includes any component of, or accessory to, an air weapon.E+W+S

1The quantities and description of air weapons purchased or acquired with the names and addresses of the sellers or transferors and the dates of the several transactions.E+W+S

2The quantities and description of air weapons sold or transferred with the names and addresses of the purchasers or transferees and the dates of the several transactions.E+W+S

3The quantities and description of air weapons in possession for sale or transfer at the date of the last stocktaking or such other date in each year as may be specified in the register]E+W+S

Section 44.

SCHEDULE 5E+W+S Provisions as to Appeals under s. 44 of this Act

Part IE+W+S Courts with Jurisdiction to entertain Appeal

Nature of appeal . . . F207Sheriff’s jurisdiction
1. Appeal under section [F20828A(6), 29(2), 30A(6), 30B(3) or 30C(2)] (against refusal to grant or renew, or to vary, or against revocation of, a certificate).The sheriff within whose jurisdiction the appellant resides.
2. Appeal under section 34(5) by a person aggrieved by the refusal of a chief officer of police to register him as a firearms dealer.The sheriff within whose jurisdiction there is situated any place of business in respect of which the appellant has applied to be registered.
3. Appeal under section 34(5) or 37(3) by a person aggrieved by the refusal of a chief officer of police to enter a place of business of his in the register.The sheriff within whose jurisdiction there is situated the place of business to which the appeal relates.
4. Appeal under section 36(3) (against imposition or variation of condition, of registration, or refusal to vary or revoke such a condition).The sheriff within whose jurisdiction is situated the appellant’s place of business in respect of which the condition is in force.
5. Appeal under section 38(7) by a person aggrieved by the removal of his name from the register.The sheriff within whose jurisdiction there is situated any place of business in respect of which the appellant has been registered.
6. Appeal under section 38(7) by a person aggrieved by the removal from the register of a place of business of his.The sheriff within whose jurisdiction is situated the place of business to which the appeal rela tes.
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Part IIE+W+S Procedural provisions for appeal to [F209the Crown Court]

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1Notice of an appeal, signed by the appellant or by his agent on his behalf and stating the general grounds of the appeal, shall be given by him to the [F210appropriate officer of the Crown Court] and also to the chief officer of police by whose decision the appellant is aggrieved.E+W+S

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F210Words substituted by virtue of Courts Act 1971 (c. 23), Sch. 8 Pt. I para. 2

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2A notice of appeal shall be given within twenty-one days after the date on which the appellant has received notice of the decision of the chief officer of police by which he is aggrieved.E+W+S

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3On receiving notice of an appeal the [F211appropriate officer of the Crown Court] shall enter the appeal and give notice to the appellant and to the chief officer of police to whom the notice of the appeal is required by paragraph 1 of this Part of this Schedule to be given, of the date, time and place fixed for the hearing.E+W+S

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F211Words substituted by virtue of Courts Act 1971 (c. 23), Sch. 8 Pt. I para. 2

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4An appellant may at any time, not less than two clear days before the date fixed for the hearing, abandon his appeal by giving notice in writing to the [F212appropriate officer of the Crown Court] and to the chief officer of police; . . . F213E+W+S

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F212Words substituted by virtue of Courts Act 1971 (c. 23), Sch. 8 Pt. I para. 2

F213Words repealed by S.I. 1971/1292, Sch. 3

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5The chief officer of police may appear and be heard on the hearing of an appeal.E+W+S

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7On the hearing of an appeal the court may either dismiss the appeal or give the chief officer of police such directions as it thinks fit as respects the certificate or register which is the subject of the appeal.E+W+S

8. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F215E+W+S

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[F216Part IIIE+W+S Appeals in Scotland

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1An appeal to the sheriff shall be by way of summary application.E+W+S

2An application shall be made within 21 days after the date on which the appellant has received notice of the decision of the chief officer of police in respect of which the appeal is made.E+W+S

3On the hearing of the appeal the sheriff may either dismiss the appeal or give the chief officer of police such directions as he thinks fit as respects the certificate or register which is the subject of the appeal.E+W+S

4The decision of the sheriff on an appeal may be appealed only on a point of law.]E+W+S

Section 51.

SCHEDULE 6E+W+S Prosecution and Punishment of Offences

Part IE+W+S Table of Punishments

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C66Sch. 6 Pt. I modified (1.11.1968) by S.I. 1968/1200, art. 3

Section of this Act creating offenceGeneral nature of offenceMode of prosecutionPunishmentAdditional provisions
Section 1(1) ...Possessing etc. firearm or ammunition without firearm certificate.(a) Summary ...6 months or a fine of [F217£400]; or both.
(b) On indictment(i) where the offence is committed in an aggravated form within the meaning of section 4(4) of this Act, [F2187 years], or a fine; or both,
(ii) in any other case, [F2195 years]or a fine; or both.Paragraph 1 of Part II of this Schedule applies.
Section 1(2) ...Non-compliance with condition of firearm certificate.Summary ... ...6 months or a fine of [F220level 5 on the standard scale]; or both.Paragraph 1 of Part II of this Schedule applies.
Section 2(1) ...Possessing, etc., shot gun without shot gun certificate.[F221(a) Summary.][F2216 months or the statutory maximum or both.]Paragraph 1 of Part II of this Schedule applies.
[F221(b) On indictment.][F221[F2225 years] or a fine; or both.]
Section 2(2) ...Non-compliance with condition of shot gun certificate.Summary...6 months or a fine of [F220level 5 on the standard scale]; or both.Paragraph 1 of Part II of this Schedule applies.
Section 3(1) ...Trading in firearms without being registered as firearms dealer.(a) Summary ...6 months or a fine of [F217£400]; or both.
(b) On indictment[F2235 years] or a fine; or both.
Section 3(2) ...Selling firearm to person without a certificate.(a) Summary ...6 months or a fine of [F217£400]; or both.
(b) On indictment[F2245 years] or a fine; or both.
Section 3(3) ...Repairing, testing etc. firearm for person without a certificate.(a) Summary ...6 months or a fine of [F217£400]; or both.
(b) On indictment[F2255 years] or a fine; or both.
Section 3(5) ...Falsifying certificate, etc., with view to acquisition of firearm.(a) Summary ...6 months or a fine of [F217£400]; or both.
(b) On indictment[F2265 years] or [F227a fine]; or both.
Section 3(6) ...Pawnbroker taking firearm in pawn.Summary ... ...3 months or a fine of [F220level 3 on the standard scale]; or both.
Section 4(1)(3)Shortening a shot gun; conversion of firearms.(a) Summary...6 months or a fine of [F217£400]; or both.
(b) On indictment[F2287 years] or a fine; or both.
[F229Section 5(1)(a), (ab), (aba), (ac), (ad), (ae), (af) or (c)Possessing or distributing prohibited weapons or ammunition.On indictment10 years or a fine, or both.
Section 5(1)(b)Possessing or distributing prohibited weapon designed for discharge of noxious liquid etc.

(a) Summary

(b) On indictment

6 months or a fine of the statutory maximum, or both.

10 years or a fine or both.

Section 5(1A)(a)Possessing or distributing firearm disguised as other object.On indictment10 years or a fine, or both.
Section 5(1A)(b), (c), (d), (e), (f) or (g)Possessing or distributing other prohibited weapons.

(a) Summary

(b) On indictment

6 months or a fine of the statutory maximum, or both.

10 years or a fine, or both.]

Section 5(5) ...Non-compliance with condition ofDefence Council authority.Summary ...6 months or a fine of [F220level 5 on the standard scale]; or both.
Section 5(6) ...Non - compliance with requirements to surrender authority to possess, etc., prohibited weapon or ammunition.Summary ... ...A fine of [F220level 3 on the standard scale].
Section 6(3) ...Contravention of order under s. 6 (or corresponding Northern Irish order) restricting removal of arms.Summary ... ...3 months or, for each firearm or parcel of ammunition in respect of which the offence is committed, a fine of [F220level 3 on the standard scale]; or both.Paragraph 2 of Part II of this Schedule applies.
Section 7(2) ...Making false statement in order to obtain police permit.Summary ...6 months or a fine of [F220level 5 on the standard scale]; or both.
Section 9(3) ...Making false statement in order to obtain permit for auction of firearms, etc.[F230Summary][F2306 months or a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale; o r both.]
Section 13(2) ...Making false statement in order to obtain permit for removal of signalling apparatus.Summary. ...6 months or a fine of [F220level 5 on the standard scale]; or both.
Section 16 ...Possession of firearm with intent to endanger life or injure property.On indictment ...[F231life imprisonment] or a fine; or . . . F232b oth.
[F233Section 16A][F233Possession of firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.][F233On indictment][F23310 years or a fine; or both.]
F233Section 17(1) ...Use of firearms to resist arrest.On indictment ...[F231life imprisonment] or a fine; or, . . . F232 both.Paragraphs 3 to 5 of Part II of this Schedule apply.
Section 17(2) ...Possessing firearm while committing an offence specified in Schedule 1 or, in Scotland, an offence specified in Schedule 2.On indictment ...[F234Life imprisonment] or a fine; or . . . F232 both.Paragraphs 3 and 6 of Part II of this Schedule apply.
Section 18(1) ...Carrying firearms or imitation firearm with intent commit indictable offence (or, in Scotland, an offence specified in Schedule 2) or to resist arrest.On indictment ...[F234Life imprisonment] or a fine; or, . . . F232 b oth.
Section 19 ...Carrying [F235firearm or imitation firearm] in public place.(a) Summary... [F236except if the firearm is a firearm specified in section 5(1)(a), (ab), (aba), (ac), (ad), (ae) or (af) or section 5(1A)(a) of this Act.]6 months or a fine of [F217£400]; or both.
(b) On indictment (but not F237. . . if the firearm is an air weapon).[F2387 years.]or a fine; or both.
Section 20(1) ...Trespassing with firearm [F239or imitation firearm] in a building.(a) Summary ... [F236except if the firearm is a firearm specified in section 5(1)(a), (ab), (aba), (ac), (ad), (ae) or (af) or section 5(1A)(a) of this Act.]6 months or a fine of [F217£400]; or both.
(b) On indictment (but not [F239in the case of an imitation firearm or] if the firearm is an air weapon).[F2407 years]or a fine; or both.
Section 20(2) ...Trespassing with firearm [F241or imitation firearm] on land.Summary ... ...3 months or a fine of [F220level 4 on the standard scale]; or both.
Section 21(4) ...Contravention of provisions denying firearms to ex-prisoners and the like.(a) Summary ...6 months or a fine of [F217£400]; or both.
(b) On indictment[F2425 years] or a fine; or both.
Section 21(5) ...Supplying firearms to person denied them under section 21.(a) Summary ...6 months or a fine of [F217£400]; or both.
(b) On indictment[F2435 years] or a fine; or both.
[F244Section 21APerson making improper use of air weaponSummaryA fine of level 3 on the standard scaleParagraphs 7 and 8 of Pt II of this Schedule apply.]
Section 22(1) ...Person under 17 acquiring firearm [F245or person under 18 acquiring air weapon].Summary ... ...6 months or a fine of [F220level 5 on the standard scale]; or both.
F246Section 22(1A).. Person under 18 using certificated firearm for unauthorised purpose.Summary... 3 months or a fine of level 5 on the standard scale; or both.
Section 22(2) ...Person under 14 having firearm in his possession without lawful authority.Summary ... ...6 months or a fine of [F220level 5 on the standard scale]; or both.
Section 22(3) ...Person under 15 having with him a shot gun without adult supervision.Summary ... ...A fine of [F220level 3 on the standard scale]Paragraph 8 of Part II of this Schedule applies.
Section 22(4) ...Person under [F24718] having with him an air weapon or ammunition therefor.Summary ... ...A fine of [F220level 3 on the standard s cale]Paragraphs 7 and 8 of Part II of this Schedule apply.
F248. . . F248. . . F248. . . F248. . . F248. . .
Section 23(1) ...[F249Person supervising a person under 18 and allowing him to make improper use of air weapon]Summary ... ...A fine of [F220level 3 on the standard s cale]Paragraphs 7 and 8 of Part II of this Schedule apply.
F250. . . F250. . . F250. . . F250. . . F250. . .
Section 24(1) ...Selling or letting on hire a firearm to person under 17 [F251or an air weapon to a person under 18].Summary ... ...6 months or a fine of [F220level 5 on the standard scale]; or both.
Section 24(2) ...Supplying firearm or ammunition (being of a kind to which section 1 of this Act applies) to person under 14.Summary ... ...6 months or a fine of [F220level 5 on the standard scale]; or both.
Section 24(3) ...Making gift of shot gun to person under 15.Summary ... ...A fine of [F220level 3 on the standard scale]Paragraph 9 of Part II of this Schedule applies.
Section 24(4) ...Supplying air weapon to person under [F25218] .Summary ... ...A fine of [F220level 3 on the standard scale]Paragraphs 7 and 8 of Part II of this Schedule apply.
[F253Section 24A(1) or (2)Acquisition by a minor of an imitation firearm and supplying him.SummaryIn England and Wales, 51 weeks or a fine of level 5 on the standard scale, or both. In Scotland, 6 months, or a fine of level 5 on the standard scale, or both.]
Section 25 ...Supplying firearm to person drunk or insane.Summary ... ...3 months or a fine of [F220level 3 on the standard scale]; or both.
[F254Section 28A(7)] ...Making false statement in order to procure grant or renewal of a firearm or shot gun certificate.Summary ... ...6 months or a fine of [F220level 5 on the standard scale]; or both.
Section 29(3) ...Making false statement in order to procure variation of a firearm certificate.Summary ... ...6 months or a fine of [F220level 5 on the standard scale]; or both.
[F255Section 30D(3)]...Failing to surrender certificate on revocation.Summary ... ...A fine of [F220level 3 on the standard s cale].
[F256Section 32B(5)..Failure to surrender expired European firearms passSummary... A fine of level 3 on the standard scale.
F257Section 32C(6)..Failure to produce European firearms pass or Article 7 authority for variation or cancellation etc.; failure to notify loss or theft of firearm identified in pass or to produce pass for endorsement. Summary 3 months or a fine of level 5 on the standard scale; or both]
Section 38(8) ...Failure to surrender certificate of registration [F258or register of transactions] on removal of firearms dealer’s name from from register.Summary ... ...A fine of [F220level 3 on the standard s cale].
Section 39(1) ...Making false statement in order to secure registration or entry in register of a place of business.Summary ...6 months or a fine of [F220level 5 on the standard scale]; or both.
Section 39(2) ...Registered firearms dealer having place of business not entered in the register.Summary ...6 months or a fine of [F220level 5 on the standard scale]; or both.
Section 39(3) ...Non-compliance with condition of registration.Summary ...6 months or a fine of [F220level 5 on the standard scale]; or both.
Section 40(5) ...Non-compliance by firearms dealer with provivisions as to register of transactions; making false entry in register.Summary ...6 months or a fine of [F220level 5 on the standard scale]; or both.
F259. . .F259. . .F259. . .F259. . .
F259. . .F259. . .
[F260Section 42A... Failure to report transaction authorised by visitor’s shot gun permit.Summary... 3 months or a fine of level 5 on the standard scale; or both.]
[F261Section 46.][F261Obstructing constable or civilian officer in exercise of search powers.][F261Summary.][F2616 months or a fine of level 5 on the standard scale; or both.]
F261Section 47(2) ...Failure to hand over firearm or ammunition on demand by constable.Summary ...3 months or a fine of [F220level 4 on the standard scale]; or both.
Section 48(3) ...Failure to comply with requirement of a constable that a person shall declare his name and address.Summary ... ...A fine of [F220level 3 on the standard scale].
[F262Section 48(4)..Failure to produce firearms pass issued in another member State.Summary... A fine of level 3 on the standard scale.]
Section 49(3) ...Failure to give constable facilities for examination of firearms in transit, or to produce papers.Summary ... ...3 months or, for each firearm or parcel of ammunition in respect of which the offence is committed, a fine of [F220level 3 on the standard scale]; or both.Paragraph 2 of Part II of this Schedule applies.
Section 52(2)(c)Failure to surrender firearm or shot gun certificate cancelled by court on conviction.A fine of [F220level 3 on the standard scale].
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F218Sch. 6 Pt. I: words in column 4 of entry relating to s. 1(1) substituted (3.2.1995) by Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 (c. 33), s. 157(3)(9), Sch. 8 Pt. III; S.I. 1995/127, art. 2(1), Sch. 1

F219Sch. 6 Pt. I: words in column 4 of entry relating to s. 1(1) substituted (3.2.1995) by Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 (c. 33), s. 157(3)(9), Sch. 8 Pt. III; S.I. 1995/127, art. 2(1), Sch. 1

F222Sch. 6 Pt. I: words in column 4 of entry relating to s. 2(1) substituted (3.2.1995) by Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 (c. 33), s. 157(3)(9), Sch. 8 Pt. III; S.I. 1995/127, art. 2(1), Sch. 1

F223Sch. 6 Pt. I: words in column 4 of entry relating to s. 3(1) substituted (3.2.1995) by Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 (c. 33), s. 157(3)(9), Sch. 8 Pt. III; S.I. 1995/127, art. 2(1), Sch. 1

F224Sch. 6 Pt. I: words in column 4 of entry relating to s. 3(2) substituted (3.2.1995) by Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 (c. 33), s. 157(3)(9), Sch. 8 Pt. III; S.I. 1995/127, art. 2(1), Sch. 1

F225Sch. 6 Pt. I: words in column 4 of entry relating to s. 3(3) substituted (3.2.1995) by Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 (c. 33), s. 157(3)(9), Sch. 8 Pt. III; S.I. 1995/127, art. 2(1), Sch. 1

F226Sch. 6 Pt. I: words in column 4 of entry relating to s. 3(5) substituted (3.2.1995) by Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 (c. 33), s. 157(3)(9), Sch. 8 Pt. III; S.I. 1995/127, art. 2(1), Sch. 1

F228Sch. 6 Pt. I: words in column 4 of entry relating to s. 4(1)(3) substituted (3.2.1995) by Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 (c. 33), s. 157(3)(9), Sch. 8 Pt. III; S.I. 1995/127, art. 2(1), Sch. 1

F229Sch. 6 Pt. 1: entries relating to s. 5(1)(1A) substituted (22.1.2004) by Criminal Justice Act 2003 (c. 44), ss. 288, 336; S.I. 2004/81, art. 3(2)(b)

F233Sch. 6 Pt. I: entry relating to s. 16A inserted (21.9.1994) by 1994 c. 31, ss. 1(2), 4(2) (with s. 4(3))

F235Sch. 6 Pt. I: words in column 2 of entry relating to s. 19 substituted (20.1.2004) by Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003 (2003 c. 38), ss. 37(2)(a), 93; S.I. 2003/3300, art. 2(c)(i)

F238Sch. 6 Pt. I: words in column 3 of entry relating to s. 19 substituted (3.2.1995) by Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 (c. 33), ss. 157(3)(9), 172(2), Sch. 8 Pt. III; S.I. 1995/127, art. 2(1), Sch. 1

F239Sch. 6 Pt. I: words in entry relating to s. 20(1) inserted (21.9.1994) by 1994 c. 31, ss. 2(3)(a), 4(2) (with s. 4(3))

F240Sch. 6 Pt. I: words in column 4 of entry relating to s. 20(1) substituted (3.2.1995) by Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 (c. 33), s. 157(3)(9), Sch. 8 Pt. III; S.I. 1995/127, art. 2(1), Sch. 1

F241Sch. 6 Pt. I: words in entry relating to s. 20(2) inserted (21.9.1994) by 1994 c. 31, ss. 2(3)(b), 4(2) (with s. 4(3))

F242Sch. 6 Pt. I: words in column 4 of entry relating to s. 21(4) substituted (3.2.1995) by Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 (c. 33), s. 157(3)(9), Sch. 8 Pt. III; S.I. 1995/127, art. 2(1), Sch. 1

F243Sch. 6 Pt. I: words in column 4 of entry relating to s. 21(5) substituted (3.2.1995) by Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 (c. 33), s. 157(3)(9), Sch. 8 Pt. III; S.I. 1995/127, art. 2(1), Sch. 1

F246Sch. 6 Pt. I: the entry relating to s. 22(1A) inserted (1.1.1993) by S.I. 1992/2823, reg. 4(4).

F248Sch. 6 Pt. I: entry relating to s. 22(5) repealed (20.1.2004) by Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003 (c. 38), ss.38(5)(b), 92, 93, Sch. 3; S.I. 2003/3300, art. 2(c)(ii)(g)(ii)(a)

F254Sch. 6 Pt. I: words "Section 28A(7)" substituted for the words "Section 26(5)" (1.7.1997) by 1997 c. 5, s. 52(1), Sch. 2 para. 4(2); S.I. 1997/1535, art. 3(b), Sch. Pt. I

F255Sch. 6 Pt. I: words "Section 30D(3)" substituted for words "Section 30(4)" (1.7.1997) by 1997 c. 5, s. 52(1), Sch. 2 para. 14; S.I. 1997/1535, art. 3(b), Sch. Pt. I

F256Sch. 6 Pt. I: the entry relating to s. 32B(5) inserted (1.1.1993) by S.I. 1992/2823, reg. 5(3).

F257Sch. 6 Pt. I: the entry relating to s. 32C(6) inserted (1.1.1993) by S.I. 1992/2823, reg. 5(3).

F259Sch. 6 Pt. I: entry relating to s. 42 repealed (1.10.1997) by 1997 c. 5, s. 52(1), Sch. 3; S.I. 1997/1535, art. 3(c), Sch. Pt. II

F260Sch. 6 Pt. I: the entry relating to s. 42A inserted (1.1.1993) by S.I. 1992/2823, reg. 6(3).

F261Sch. 6 Pt. I: entry relating to s. 46 inserted (1.7.1997) by 1997 c. 5, s. 43(3); S.I. 1997/1535, art. 3(b), Sch. Pt. I

F262Sch. 6 Pt. I: the entry relating to s. 48(4) inserted (1.1.1993) by S.I. 1992/2823, reg. 7(5).

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2In the case of an offence against section 6(3) or 49(3) of this Act, the court before which the offender is convicted may, if the offender is the owner of the firearms or ammunition, make such order as to the forfeiture of the firearms or ammunition as the court thinks fit.E+W+S

[F2643(1)Where in England or Wales a person who has attained the age of seventeen is charged before a magistrates’ court with an offence triable either way listed in [F265Schedule 1 to the Magistrates’ Courts Act 1980] (“the listed offence”) and is also charged before that court with an offence under section 17(1) or (2) of this Act, the following provisions of this paragraph shall apply.E+W+S

(2)Subject to the following sub-paragraph the court shall proceed as if the listed offence were triable only on indictment and [F266sections 18 to 23 of the said Act of 1980] (procedure for determining mode of trial of offences triable either way) shall not apply in relation to that offence.

(3)If the court determines not to commit the accused for trial in respect of the offence under section 17(1) or (2), or if proceedings before the court for that offence are otherwise discontinued, the preceding sub-paragraph shall cease to apply as from the time when this occurs and—

(a)if at that time the court has not yet begun to inquire into the listed offence as examining justices, the court shall, in the case of the listed offence, proceed in the ordinary way in accordance with [F267the said sections 18 to 23]; but

(b)if at that time the court has begun so to inquire into the listed offence, those sections shall continue not to apply and the court shall proceed with its inquiry into that offence as examining justices, but shall have power in accordance with [F267section 25(3) and (4) of the said Act of 1980] to change to summary trial with the accused’s consent.]

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4Where a person commits an offence under section 17(1) of this Act in respect of the lawful arrest or detention of himself for any other offence committed by him, he shall be liable to the penalty provided by Part I of this Schedule in addition to any penalty to which he may be sentenced for the other offence.E+W+S

5If on the trial of a person for an offence under section 17(1) of this Act the jury are not satisfied that he is guilty of that offence but are satisfied that he is guilty of an offence under section 17(2), the jury may find him guilty of the offence under section 17(2) and he shall then be punishable accordingly.E+W+S

6The punishment to which a person is liable for an offence under section 17(2) of this Act shall be in addition to any punishment to which he may be liable for the offence first referred to in section 17(2).E+W+S

7The court by which a person is convicted of an offence under section [F26821A,][F26922(4), 23(1) F270. . . ] or 24(4) of this Act may make such order as it thinks fit as to the forfeiture or disposal of the air weapon or ammunition in respect of which the offence was committed.E+W+S

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8The court by which a person is convicted of an offence under section [F27121A,][F27222(3) or (4), 23(1) F273. . . ] or 24(4) may make such order as it thinks fit as to the forfeiture or disposal of any firearm or ammunition found in his possession.E+W+S+N.I.

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8The court by which a person is convicted of an offence under section [F27222(3) or (4), 23(1) or (4)] or 24(4) may make such order as it thinks fit as to the forfeiture or disposal of any firearm or ammunition found in his possession.E+W+S

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9The court by which a person is convicted of an offence under section 24(3) of this Act may make such order as it thinks fit as to the forfeiture or disposal of the shot gun or ammunition in respect of which the offence was committed.E+W+S

Section 59.

SCHEDULE 7.E+W+S Repeals

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C68The text of s. 59(1) and Sch. 7 is in the form in which it was originally enacted: it was not reproduced in Statutes in Force and does not reflect any amendments or repeals which may have been made prior to 1.2.1991.

ChapterShort TitleExtent of Repeal
1 Edw. 8&1 Geo. 6. c. 12.The Firearms Act 1937.The whole Act.
11&12 Geo. 6. c. 58.The Criminal Justice Act 1948.In Schedule 9, the entry relating to the Firearms Act 1937.
12, 13&14 Geo. 6. c. 94.The Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 1949.In Schedule 11, the entry relating to the Firearms Act 1937.
15&16 Geo. 6&1 Eliz. 2. c. 55.The Magistrate Courts Act 1952.In Schedule 5, the entry relating to section 23(4) of the Firearms Act 1937.
15&16 Geo. 6&1 Eliz. 2. c. 52.The Prison Act 1952.In Schedule 3, the entry relating to section 21(2) of the Firearms Act 1937.
15&16 Geo. 6&1 Eliz. 2. c. 61.The Prison (Scotland) Act 1952.In Schedule 3, the entry relating to section 21(2) of the Firearms Act 1937.
4&5 Eliz. 2. c. 69.The Sexual Offences Act 1956.In Schedule 3, the entry relating to the Firearms Act 1937.
10&11 Eliz. 2. c. 49.The Air Guns and Shot Guns, etc. Act 1962.The whole Act.
1964 c. 48The Police Act 1964.In Schedule 9, the entry relating to the Firearms Act 1937.
1965 c. 44.The Firearms Act 1965.The whole Act.
1966 c. 42.The Local Government Act 1966.In Part II of Schedule 3, the entry (numbered 19) relating to the Firearms Act 1937.
1966 c. 51.The Local Government (Scotland) Act 1966.In Part II of Schedule 4, the entry (numbered 17) relating to the Firearms Act 1937.
1967 c. 77.The Police (Scotland) Act 1967.In Schedule 4, the entry relating to the Firearms Act 1937.
1967 c. 80.The Criminal Justice Act 1967.Part V (that is to say, sections 85 to 88).

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