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(1)In this Part “the 1968 Act” means the Firearms Act 1968 (c. 27).
(2)Expressions used in this Part and in the 1968 Act have the same meanings in this Part as in that Act.
(3)The following provisions of the 1968 Act apply as if sections 28, 29, 32 and 35 to 39 of this Act were contained in that Act—
(a)section 46 (power of search with warrant);
(b)section 51(4) (limitation period for prosecutions);
(c)section 52 (forfeiture and disposal of firearms and ammunition);
(d)section 58 (savings).
(4)Section 35 binds persons in the service of Her Majesty; and for the purposes of—
(d)any rule of law under which any of the provisions of section 28, 29, 32, 36 or 39 do not bind the Crown,
a person is in the service of Her Majesty if he is deemed to be in such service (or to be in the naval, military or air service of Her Majesty) for the purposes of and under section 54 of the 1968 Act (Crown application).
(5)In section 52 of the 1968 Act, after subsection (4) insert—
“(5)In this section references to ammunition include references to a primer to which section 35 of the Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006 applies and to an empty cartridge case incorporating such a primer.”
Schedule 2 (which makes provision for Northern Ireland corresponding to that made by the preceding provisions of this Part, other than sections 31 to 35, 42 and 45 to 47) has effect.
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