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Police Reform Act 2002

Section 81: Exemptions from firearms legislation

398.This section amends the firearms legislation applicable in Great Britain and Northern Ireland respectively, so as to enable potential recruits to the MDP to use firearms without a certificate while they are being trained or assessed under MDP supervision. As part of their assessment process, potential recruits take a firearms aptitude test. This involves ‘possession’ (in the sense used in the firearms legislation) of a firearm, which is generally unlawful without a firearms certificate.

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