Firearms offences
Firearms offences

The following Corporate Crime practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Firearms offences
  • Firearms offences
  • Imitation and convertible firearms
  • Prohibited weapon
  • Other firearms offences and sentences
  • Sentencing guidelines for firearms offences

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Firearms offences

It is an offence under the Firearms Act 1968 (FiA 1968), s 1 to possess a firearm or ammunition to which the Act applies without holding a firearms certificate. It is an offence which is triable either way and on conviction carries a penalty of five years imprisonment and or a fine on indictment or six months imprisonment and or a fine in the magistrates' court.

Where the offence is committed in an aggravated form within the meaning of section 4(4) of this Act and tried on indictment, the maximum penalty is seven years, or a fine; or both.

Exceptions apply in limited circumstances, starter's gun at an athletics competition, authorised gun clubs, or humane killers used by slaughterers and airsoft guns are all be exempt.

A limited exemption applies to antique firearms which are sold, transferred, purchased, acquired or possessed

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