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Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014

posted 3 Apr 2014, 10:06 by Historical Breechloading Smallarms Association UK   [ updated 3 Apr 2014, 10:06 ]
There is a section on firearms in the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 
(Sections 108 to 112, of which Section 110 is particularly relevant to collectors, shooters and dealers)

The main changes to the 1968 Firearms Act are that the prohibition on possessing firearms hitherto applied to those who had served a term of imprisonment will be extended to those who have received a suspended sentence, and prohibited persons will no longer be able to possess legally firearms to which Section 58(2) applies. 

No commencement date has yet been set, although Royal Assent has been received. It will probably come into force in the summer.

The details are:  
  • Section 21 (Prohibited persons) – those with suspended sentences (where the sentence is for 3 month or more) will be subject to a 5 year prohibition from the possession of firearms and ammunition (there is an exception if the person concerned already has a FAC or SGC. In such a case the prohibition will not apply while the certificate remains in force)
  • Section 58(2) is amended to apply Section 21 (prohibited persons). This means a prohibited person is now prohibited from possessing firearms held as a “curiosity or ornament” i.e. antique firearms. Hitherto this prohibition applied to all firearms (including air weapons) except antiques
  • With regard to Section 58(2) antiques: the following provision will apply:
    • Section 21(5) “It is an offence for a person to sell or transfer a firearm or ammunition to, or to repair, test or prove a firearm or ammunition for, a person whom he knows or has reasonable ground for believing to be prohibited by this section from having a firearm or ammunition in his possession.”
Whilst it is only an offence where a person ‘knows’ or has a ‘reasonable ground for believing’ the recipient to whom he or she sells or transfers is a prohibited person, the transferor must take care when parting with possession of an antique firearm.