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  • Act amended by 1997 c. 5 s. 12(2) (This amendment not applied to legislation.gov.uk. S. 12 was repealed (17.12.1997) by 1997 c. 64, s. 2(7), Sch.; S.I. 1997/3114, art. 3, Sch. Pt. I)
  • Blanket amendment words substituted by S.I. 2011/1043 art. 3 4

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

[F1(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.]

F2[(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 F3... 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 [F4, including if known their identification numbers,] and, as respects ammunition, the quantities authorised to be purchased [F4or 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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F1S. 27(1) substituted (1.7.1997) by 1997 c. 5, s. 38; S.I. 1997/1535, art. 3(b), Sch. Pt. I

F2S. 27(1A) inserted (1.1.1993) by S.I. 1992/2823, reg. 4(2)

F3Words in s. 27(1A) omitted (28.7.2010) by virtue of Firearms (Amendment) Regulations 2010 (S.I. 2010/1759), regs. 1(2), 2(5)

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