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8(1)After Article 66 of the Firearms Order insert—N.I.
(1)It is an offence for a person under the age of 18 to purchase an imitation firearm.
(2)It is an offence to sell an imitation firearm to a person under the age of 18.
(3)In proceedings for an offence under paragraph (2) it is a defence to show that the person charged with the offence—
(a)believed the other person to be aged 18 or over; and
(b)had reasonable ground for that belief.”
(2)In Article 68 of that Order (defences), for “or 64” substitute “ , 64 or 66A ”.
(3)In Schedule 5 of that Order (punishments), after the entry for Article 66 insert—
|“Article 66A(1) or (2)||Acquisition by a minor of an imitation firearm and supplying him.||Summary||6 months or level 5 or both.”|
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