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Firearms safety

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Summary

We are seeking views on enhanced security for particularly powerful rifles, introducing licensing controls on miniature rifle ranges, and tougher controls on ammunition.

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Consultation description

This consultation seeks views on a range of firearms safety issues which were raised with the government during the passage of the Offensive Weapons Act 2019. It contains proposals for how the law might be changed to mitigate the risks raised by these issues

It includes proposals for further, targeted controls on the security of air weapons and access to them by under-18s in England and Wales.

Firearms law is kept under review to ensure it addresses emerging risks to public safety. This consultation seeks views on the following firearms safety issues which were raised with the Government during the passage of the Offensive Weapons Act 2019 through Parliament:

  • High muzzle energy rifles
  • Air weapons
  • Miniature rifle ranges
  • Components of ammunition

Impact assessments for each of these issues have been published alongside this consultation. You are invited to submit any comments you may have on the impact assessments as part of your response.

The Firearms Act 1968 extends to England, Wales and Scotland, with the exception of the regulation of air weapons in Scotland, which is devolved. The control of firearms is generally subject to separate legislation in Northern Ireland. This consultation is therefore primarily aimed at people, businesses and organisations in England, Wales and Scotland. The government is engaging with the Department of Justice in Northern Ireland on the proposals in this consultation to ensure that, where appropriate, firearms controls are strengthened UK-wide.

Below is a full package of documents to support the consultation.

Please note that we can only accept responses online. Please do not send responses by post as we will be unable to access them.

Documents

Firearms Safety Consultation

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Firearms Safety Consultation (Welsh)

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Air weapon access by those under-18 years of age: impact assessment

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Controls on possession of component parts of ammunition: impact assessment

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High Muzzle Energy (HME): impact assessment

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Regulation of miniature rifle ranges: impact assessment

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Published 24 November 2020