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Antique Firearms Regulations

posted 9 Nov 2020, 08:58 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 9 Nov 2020, 08:58 ]
We can report the following notice received today from the Home Office.

The Statutory Instrument laid is required to complete the relevant section (126) in the Policing & Crime Act 2017, in making the date and definitions statutory.

It requires assent by the two Houses in Parliament which is expected in the coming weeks.

This is as expected and we welcome the additions to the obsolete cartridge list and confirmation of the date. We had never agreed with the principle of taking items off the list (which was introduced in the 2017 Act). However we had sought a concession in maintaining trade-ability of those items which can be retained on Firearm Certificate and will be waiting to hear from the Home Office regarding the process.

Further information follows as soon as available.

The 2017 Act allows for future reviews of the statutory list and the Home Office have an extensive list of obsolete cartridges which may be added to it. We will continue to liaise with them regarding this.


Derek Stimpson

The Government has today (9 November) laid regulations before Parliament that will define ‘antique firearm’ in law by reference to the type of cartridge it was designed to use, its propulsion system and its date of manufacture.

The regulations are laid under the Parliamentary affirmative resolution process requiring them to be debated by both Houses of Parliament. When made, the regulations will confirm 1 September 1939 as the cut-off date of manufacture. Seven cartridges currently included in the Home Office list of obsolete cartridges will be removed from the list and twenty-three will be added. Further details about these are contained in the Government’s response to the antique firearms consultation that closed in December 2017.

A link to the Government’s response is attached –
and a link to the Statutory Instrument is available here: