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(1)The Firearms Act 1968 shall be amended as follows.
(2)In section 22 (acquisition and possession of firearms by minors)—
(a)in subsection (4) for “fourteen” substitute “ seventeen ”, and
(b)omit subsection (5).
(3)In section 23 (the heading to which becomes “Exceptions from s. 22(4)”)—
(a)in subsection (2) omit “or (5)”, and
(b)after subsection (2) insert—
“(3)It is not an offence under section 22(4) of this Act for a person of or over the age of fourteen to have with him an air weapon or ammunition on private premises with the consent of the occupier.
(4)But where a person has with him an air weapon on premises in circumstances where he would be prohibited from having it with him but for subsection (3), it is an offence for him to use it for firing any missile beyond those premises.”
(4)In section 24(4) (offence to give air weapon or ammunition to person under fourteen)—
(a)in paragraph (a) for “fourteen” substitute “ seventeen ”, and
(b)in paragraph (b) for “that age” substitute “ the age of seventeen ”.
(5)In Part I of Schedule 6 (punishment)—
(a)in the entry relating to section 22(4) in the second column (general nature of offence) for “14” substitute “ 17 ”,
(b)omit the entry relating to section 22(5),
(c)in the entry relating to section 23(1) in the second column for “14” substitute “ 17 ”,
(d)after that entry insert—
|“Section 23(4)||Person under 17 making improper use of air weapon on private premises.||Summary||A fine of level 3 on the standard scale.||Paragraphs 7 and 8 of Part II of this Schedule apply.”,|
(e)in the entry relating to section 24(4) in the second column for “14” substitute “ 17 ”.
(6)In Part II of that Schedule (supplementary)—
(a)in paragraph 7 for “22(4) or (5), 23(1)” substitute “ 22(4), 23(1) or (4) ”, and
(b)in paragraph 8 for “22(3), (4) or (5), 23(1)” substitute “ 22(3) or (4), 23(1) or (4) ”.
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