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Deactivated firearms: Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/2403

Guidance and additional measures relating to Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/2403.

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Implementing Regulation 2015/2403 has been revised. On 28 June 2018 revised deactivation standards come into effect. EU Commission Implementing Regulation 2018/337 introduces changes affecting deactivation standards within EU Member States.

Arms falling outside of the scope of the regulation should continue to be deactivated in accordance with ‘Specifications for the adaptation of shotgun magazines and the deactivation of firearms, revised 2010’.

Arms deactivated prior to the introduction of the regulation submitted for re-certification can still be issued with a UK valid only certificate. It must be noted that should the arm subsequently be sold, exported or fall within the remit of the regulation in any way, it must be brought up to the specification of the regulation.

Double submissions will be required in all cases where the certifying body cannot readily inspect the arm to ensure that all work has been carried out in compliance with the regulation.

Additional UK specific requirements (noted throughout) apply under Article 6, Directive (EU) 2015/1535 of the European parliament and of the council.

Published 3 June 2016
Last updated 7 January 2021 + show all updates
  1. Implementing Regulation 2015/2403 has been revised.

  2. First published.