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.

These are:

  • 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.