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Offensive Weapons Act 2019

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62Conditions applying to certain firearms: Northern IrelandN.I.

(1)The Firearms (Northern Ireland) Order 2004 (SI 2004/702 (NI 3)) is amended as follows.

(2)In Article 6 (conditions), after paragraph (3) insert—

(3A)Paragraphs (1) and (2) are subject to Article 6A (conditions for storage etc of certain firearms) and regulations under that Article.

(3)After Article 6 insert—

6AConditions for storage etc of certain firearms

(1)This Article applies to a firearm if it is a rifle from which a shot, bullet or other missile, with kinetic energy of more than 13,600 joules at the muzzle of the weapon, can be discharged.

(2)The Department of Justice must by regulations prescribe conditions—

(a)subject to which a firearm certificate relating to a firearm to which this Article applies must be granted, and

(b)which impose requirements as to the storage of a firearm to which this Article applies and as to the security measures to be taken when such a firearm is in transit.

(3)If a firearm certificate is granted subject to conditions prescribed under paragraph (2), that certificate may not be varied so as to vary or revoke those conditions.

(4)Before making regulations under paragraph (2) the Department of Justice must consult such persons likely to be affected by the regulations as the Department considers appropriate.

(4)In Article 11 (variation of firearm certificate), after paragraph (1) insert—

(1A)Paragraph (1) is subject to Article 6A (conditions for storage etc of certain firearms) and regulations under that Article.

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