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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 S. 12 was repealed (17.12.1997) by 1997 c. 64, s. 2(7), Sch.; S.I. 1997/3114, art. 3, Sch.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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54 Application of Parts I and II to Crown servants. E+W+S

(1)Sections 1, 2, 7 to 13 and [F126A 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 [F2section 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.

[F3(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

[F4(b)a civilian officer, F5...]

[F6(ba)a community support volunteer or a policing support volunteer designated under section 38 of the Police Reform Act 2002 by the chief constable of a police force in England and Wales,]

F5(c). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F7(d). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [F8, or

(e)a member of the British Transport Police Force, or

(f)a person employed by the British Transport Police Authority who is under the direction and control of the Chief Constable of the British Transport Police Force.][F9, or

(g)a community support volunteer or a policing support volunteer designated under section 38 of the Police Reform Act 2002 (as it applies by virtue of section 28 of the Railways and Transport Safety Act 2003) by the Chief Constable of the British Transport Police Force.]

F10(3A). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

[F11(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.]

F10(3B). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

[F12(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 F13. . . in connection with, drill or [F14target shooting]; and

(ii)in the case of possession of prohibited weapons or prohibited ammunition when engaged in [F14target 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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F1Words in s. 54(1) substituted (1.7.1997) by 1997 c. 5, s. 52(1), Sch. 2 para. 10; S.I. 1997/1535, art. 3(b), Sch. Pt. I

F2Words in s. 54(2)(b) substituted (1.7.1997) by 1997 c. 5, s. 52(1), Sch. 2 para. 11; S.I. 1997/1535, art. 3(b), Sch. Pt. I

F3S. 54(3) substituted (1.10.1994) by 1994 c. 29, s. 42; S.I. 1994/2025, art. 5(2)(g)

F5S. 54(3)(c) and preceding word omitted (7.10.2013) by virtue of Crime and Courts Act 2013 (c. 22), s. 61(2), Sch. 8 para. 19; S.I. 2013/1682, art. 3(v)

F6S. 54(3)(ba) inserted (31.1.2017 for specified purposes, 15.12.2017 in so far as not already in force) by Policing and Crime Act 2017 (c. 3), ss. 39(2)(a), 183(1)(5)(e); S.I. 2017/1139, reg. 2(e) (as amended by S.I. 2017/1162, reg. 2)

F9S. 54(3)(g) and word inserted (31.1.2017 for specified purposes, 15.12.2017 in so far as not already in force) by Policing and Crime Act 2017 (c. 3), ss. 39(2)(b), 183(1)(5)(e); S.I. 2017/1139, reg. 2(e) (as amended by S.I. 2017/1162, reg. 2)

F11S. 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

F12S. 54(4)-(6) added (1.4.1997) by 1996 c. 46, s. 28(1); S.I. 1997/304, art. 2

F13Words 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)

F14Words in s. 54(5)(b) substituted (1.10.1997) by 1997 c. 5, s. 52(1), Sch. 2 para. 3; S.I. 1997/1535, art. 3(c), Sch. Pt. II

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C3S. 54 extended (1.7.1997) by 1997 c. 5, s. 50(5); S.I. 1997/1535, art. 3(b), Sch. Pt. I

C5S. 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

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