Research and analysis

Firearms Law: Reforms to Address Pressing Problems

This report contains final recommendations to Government, following a scoping exercise which ran from July 2015 to September 2015.

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Firearms Law: Reforms to Address Pressing Problems

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In this report, we make recommendations to solve pressing problems that undermine the effectiveness of the law governing the acquisition and possession of firearms. The existing law is confused, unclear and difficult to apply. There are over 30 pieces of overlapping legislation, some of the key terminology – such as “lethal”, “component part” and “antique” – is not clearly defined, and the law has fallen out of step with developments in technology.

Further information on this project can be found on the Law Commission website.