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The Firearms Act 1968 (Amendment) Regulations 2010

Home Office circular 012/2010 The Firearms Act 1968 (amendment) Regulations 2010 Broad subject: Crime and disorder Issue date: Wed Jul…

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Home Office circular 012/2010

The Firearms Act 1968 (amendment) Regulations 2010

  • Broad subject: Crime and disorder
  • Issue date: Wed Jul 28 16:05:26 BST 2010
  • From:
    Firearms Section, Public Order Unit
  • Linked circulars:
    No linked circulars

  • Sub category: Firearms
  • Implementation date: Wed Jul 28 16:29:26 BST 2010
  • For more info contact:
    Sam Hardy, 0207 035 1784

Home Office Circular 012/2010 - The Firearms Act 1968 (amendment) Regulations 2010

Introduction

This circular advises recipients that the above Regulations come into force on 28 July 2010. They amend existing firearms legislation for the purpose of implementing the requirements of Directive 2008/51/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council which amends Council Directive 91/477/ EEC on the control of the acquisition and possession of weapons. The changes relate to the acquisition and possession of firearms by minors.

Sale, purchase and hire of firearms

2. Paragraph 2 (3) amends section 22 of the Firearms Act 1968  so as to increase from 17 to 18 the age at which a person can lawfully purchase or hire all firearms and ammunition (currently only air weapons are subject to the threshold of 18 years). Paragraph 2 (4) similarly amends section 24 to make it an offence to sell or let on hire a firearm or ammunition to a person under 18.  As a result, a person turning 17 on or after 28 July 2010 will not be able to buy a firearm. The Regulations do not, however, prevent a person from receiving a firearm as a gift if he is under eighteen provided he has a valid firearm or shot gun certificate which can only be applied for with parental consent. Paragraph 4 of the Regulations makes the necessary consequential changes to the Firearm and Shot Gun application forms (forms 101 and 103 respectively) of the Firearms Rules 1998.

Exemptions for under 18s from the requirement to hold a firearm of shot gun certificate

3. The Regulations will also restrict the application of exemptions to persons under the age of 18 from the requirement to hold a firearm or shotgun certificate: amendments to section 11 (1) of the Firearms Act 1968 will allow a person under 18 to carry firearms and ammunition for another person at sporting events such as shoots only if the other person is aged 18 or over; changes to section 11 (2) will restrict the use of firearms for starting races to those aged 18 or over (this does not apply to blank-firing weapons); and section 11 (5) is amended so that a person under 18 can use a borrowed shotgun on private land only in the presence of a person aged 18 or over. A corresponding amendment has also been made to section 16 (1) of the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1988 in respect of the use of rifles by under 18s on private land.

http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2010/uksi20101759_en1

Sam Hardy, Firearms Section, Public Order Unit, 0207 035 1784

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