Firearms - Recent Legislation

Extension to definition of Prohibited Person under Section 21 Firearms Act 1968

From 14 July 2014, if a person receives a suspended sentence of three months or more then they will not be able to purchase or possess a firearm or ammunition for a period of five years from the second day after sentence. This timescale has been set so that a person who is in possession of a firearm or ammunition is not in immediate breach of the law when the sentence is passed and has an opportunity to make arrangements to transfer or dispose of their firearm or ammunition.

However, a person who received a suspended sentence before 14 July and already has a firearm certificate would be able to retain their firearm and ammunition for the duration of their certificate.

Section 110 makes another amendment to the Firearms Act so that from 14 July 2014, a person who has served or received a criminal sentence will not be able to possess an antique firearm. The prohibition applies to anyone who has served a custodial sentence of more than three years or has served a custodial sentence, or received a suspended sentence, of between three months and three years.

A person to whom this applies and who currently lawfully possesses an antique firearm will need to dispose of it by 14 July.

 The Home Office circular covering the above changes

 Home Office guidance

Explosives Certificates and storage of explosives

If you are an individual applying for the grant or renewal of an explosives certificate to obtain explosives for use in firearms and shotguns or for re-enactment purposes you need to complete Explosives Form ER/4A, If you are applying for the renewal of an explosives certificate for explosives for use in firearms or shotguns you will need to complete Explosives Form ER/4B

If you are an individual or a body corporate and wish to apply for the grant or renewal of an explosives certificate to either acquire explosives or acquire and keep them other than as per the above paragraph you will need to complete Explosives Form ER/4. If more than one person will have access to the explosives the Declaration of Persons Letter should be completed and handed to all those listed in Annex 2 to the application form. There may be a cost implication for the grant of such a certificate in this case and details of fees are variable. Please contact the Firearms & Explosives Licensing Department for further details.

For the storage of explosives you will need to complete an ER/2 Application for a licensed store in order to store explosives under this legislation. Guidance notes on the completion of the form can be found on the last page of the application. The fees for the storage of explosives are variable dependent upon quantities and you should contact the Firearms & Explosives Licensing Department either by email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephone for further information.

 

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