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(1)In section 19 of the Firearms Act 1968 (c. 27) (offence to carry firearm in public place) for the words from “a loaded shot gun” to the end of the section substitute—
“(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.”
(2)In Part I of Schedule 6 to that Act (punishment) in the entry relating to section 19—
(a)in the second column (general nature of offence) for “loaded firearm” substitute “firearm or imitation firearm”, and
(b)in the third column (mode of prosecution) after “not” insert “in the case of an imitation firearm or”.
(3)The following shall be inserted after paragraph 5 of Schedule 1A to the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (c. 60) (arrestable offences)—
5AAn offence under section 19 of the Firearms Act 1968 (carrying firearm or imitation firearm in public place) in respect of an air weapon or imitation firearm.”
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