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(1)The 1968 Act is amended as follows.
(2)For section 22(1) (acquisition and possession of firearms by minors) substitute—
“(1)It is an offence—
(a)for a person under the age of eighteen to purchase or hire an air weapon or ammunition for an air weapon;
(b)for a person under the age of seventeen to purchase or hire a firearm or ammunition of any other description.”
(3)In subsection (4) of that section, for “seventeen” substitute “ eighteen ”.
(4)For section 24(1) (supplying firearms to minors) substitute—
“(1)It is an offence—
(a)to sell or let on hire an air weapon or ammunition for an air weapon to a person under the age of eighteen;
(b)to sell or let on hire a firearm or ammunition of any other description to a person under the age of seventeen.”
(5)In subsection (4) of that section in paragraphs (a) and (b), for “seventeen” substitute “ eighteen ”.
(6)In the table in Part 1 of Schedule 6 (punishment)—
(a)in the entry for section 22(1), in the second column, at the end insert “ or person under 18 acquiring air weapon ”;
(b)in the entry for section 22(4), in the second column, for “17” substitute “ 18 ”;
(c)in the entry for section 24(1), in the second column, at the end insert “ or an air weapon to a person under 18 ”;
(d)in the entry for section 24(4), in the second column, for “17” substitute “ 18 ”.
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