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(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
(b)a person employed by a police authority who is under the direction and control of a chief officer of police [F4, or.]
(c)a member of the [F5staff of the Serious Organised Crime Agency] .]
[F6(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.
[F7(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)“” 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 [F8British Transport Police Authority] who is under the direction and control of the Chief Constable of the British Transport Police Force.]
[F9(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—
(ii)in the case of possession of prohibited weapons or prohibited ammunition when engaged in [F11target 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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