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These Regulations amend section 17(3A) of the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1988 (“the 1988 Act”) which relates to applications for a visitor’s firearm permit.
Section 17(3A) was inserted into the 1988 Act on 1st January 1993 by regulation 7(1) of the Firearms Acts (Amendment) Regulations 1992, which transposed Council Directive 1991/477/EEC (OJ L 256, 13.9.91, p51), as amended, on the control of the acquisition and possession of weapons.
Article 12(2) of that Directive allows member states to grant authorisations to those in possession of firearms for journeys between member states, and states that such authorisations must be entered onto the European firearms pass, which the traveller must produce whenever so required by the authorities of the member states.
Regulation 3 amends section 17(3A) of the 1988 Act so that a sponsor applying for a visitor’s permit on behalf of a specified person can produce to the chief officer of police a copy of the European firearms pass as an alternative to the original document.
Section 17(3A) is also amended so that, where a copy of the European firearms pass has been produced instead of the original document, a chief officer of police who grants a visitor’s permit shall endorse a statement (identifying the permit, the firearm, and the effect of the permit) on the copy rather than on the original document.
Regulation 4 requires the Secretary of State to review the operation and effect of these Regulations, and publish a report within five years after they come into force and within every five years after that. Following a review, it will fall to the Secretary of State to consider whether the Regulations should remain as they are, or be revoked, or be amended. A further instrument would be needed to revoke the Regulations or amend them.
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