Deadline for Antique Firearms Law Change

DEADLINE APPROACHES FOR ANTIQUE FIREARMS LAW CHANGE


  • From 22 September, owners of certain firearms previously regarded as antique will require a licence

  • Changes will protect the public by making it harder for criminals to get their hands on firearms

  • It follows the introduction of the first legal definition of antique firearms


Owners of certain firearms previously regarded as antique will be required to obtain a licence following a change in the law, which comes fully into effect on 22 September.


The changes are aimed at protecting the public by making it harder for criminals to get their hands on these types of weapons.


Earlier this year, the Government changed the law to introduce for the first time a legal definition of antique firearms.


From Wednesday 22 September 2021, owners will require a licence to own any firearm not meeting the criteria. Due to their use in crime, seven cartridges which previously appeared in the Home Office’s guidance were not included in the new legal definition. This means all firearms chambered for use with these cartridges will require a licence from 22 September.


The UK has some of the strictest gun control legislation in the world and comparatively low levels of gun crime. These changes will help to further restrict access of criminals to firearms and better protect the public.


For Further detail, please see - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/circular-0012021-antique-firearms


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