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Firearms Regulations 2019 and the Firearms (Amendment) (No. 2) Rules 2019

posted 11 Dec 2019, 15:37 by Tony Cattermole
Members should note the circular below, with website links included, received from the Home Office on 9th December.

This gives further details regarding the recent Statutory Instruments coming into force on the 12th December and covering the three points mentioned below.

Please note the paragraph included in the documents in the website link:-

“Deactivated firearm” means a firearm that has been deactivated in accordance with the technical specifications set out in the document published by the Secretary of State under section 8A(5) of the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1988 (controls on defectively deactivated weapons) which apply to that firearm. Firearms which were deactivated prior to 8 April 2016 are not covered by these provisions.

Firearms Regulations 2019 and the Firearms (Amendment) (No. 2) Rules 2019
This e-mail is to advise you about amendments made under the Firearms Acts that introduce changes to the controls on firearms relating to:
    • responsibility for secure storage arrangements in relation to certificate holders under the age of eighteen
    • the particulars to be entered by firearms dealers into their register of transactions in order to reflect new marking requirements for firearms and essential component parts
    • the notification of certain deactivated firearms held in the United Kingdom and their transfer
Forms are available to notify the Secretary of State of possession, or transfer, of a deactivated firearm.

We are content for this message to be shared with your membership as necessary – noting that deactivated firearms notifications need to be sent to the dedicated in-box:

Please also note the Home Office’s summary guide comments which may help clarify for better understanding :-

Deactivated firearms acquired on or after 14 September 2018 – owners in possession of such deactivated firearms need to notify them now.

Deactivated firearms acquired before 14 September 2018 - owners in possession of such deactivated firearms need to notify them by 14 March 2021.

Any deactivated firearm being transferred (for a period of more than 14 days), regardless of when they were acquired, - needs to be notified and must meet current deactivation standards before being transferred.

Derek Stimpson
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