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Explanatory Memorandum to Firearms (Northern Ireland) Order 2004

Article 30 – Consequences of expiration or revocation of firearms dealer’s certificate

Provides that when a firearms dealer’s certificate has expired the Chief Constable may, or if it has been revoked, he must, require the surrender of the certificate, any records of transactions and stock of firearms and ammunition. Failure to comply constitutes an offence. If the holder appeals against revocation this requirement will not apply unless the appeal is abandoned or dismissed in which case it will apply with the date on which the appeal was abandoned or dismissed substituted for the original date of the Chief Constable’s notice of disposal. The Chief Constable may also require the dealer to dispose of the stock of firearms and ammunition and where this is not done he can order their destruction or disposal by some other means.

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