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Information notice: Changes to firearms legislation
There were a number of provisions related to firearms in the Policing and Crime Act 2017 which received Royal Assent on 31 January 2017.
Several provisions came into effect on 2 May 2017.
- Section 125 - includes refined definitions of a firearm, lethality, component part (for the first time described in law) and a specific exception for airsoft guns within certain limits on kinetic energy at discharge.
- Section 127 - creates a new criminal offence of possessing articles for the conversion of imitation firearms by anyone who is not a registered firearms dealer.
- Section 128 - creates a new criminal offence of making defectively deactivated weapons available for sale or gift, or selling or gifting such a weapon to another person.
- Section 129 - Removes the restrictions on expanding rifle ammunition and places it under the auspices of Section 1 of the Firearms Act 1968.
- Section 130 - Describes the conditions under which a person, who does not hold a certificate, can borrow a rifle or shot gun from another person on private premises.
More information can be found in Part 6 of the Policing and Crime Act 2017 here.