Read updates here from the authors of The Firearms Law Handbook, including the latest changes in firearms legislation and guidance, significant court judgements and other new developments.

Offensive Weapons Surrender & Compensation Scheme

The Offensive Weapons Act 2019 has added MARS and lever release rifles and ‘bump stocks’ to the category of prohibited weapons under section 5 Firearms Act 1968. A compensation scheme for these items, along with certain knives and other types of offensive weapons commenced on 10th December 2020 allowing current owners to surrender… Read More

Public Consultation on Firearms Safety

The Government consultation on Firearms Safety launched by the Home Office in late November 2020 is due to come to an end shortly on 16 February 2021.  The consultation includes proposals for enhanced security requirements for high muzzle energy rifles, and also air weapons, as well as greater restrictions on… Read More

New sentencing guidelines for firearms offences

The Sentencing Council has created new guidelines for the sentencing of criminal offences involving the possession and use of firearms which came into force on 1st January 2021. Experienced criminal lawyers will be aware this is the first time there have been sentencing guidelines specifically for firearms offences. Sentencing of… Read More

New Statutory Guidance for Police in Firearms Licensing

On 15th October 2020 the government published a proposed draft of the Statutory Guidance which will eventually be published under Section 55A of the Firearms Act 1968, as amended. It can be found here. This is subject to change, having received comments from interested parties. It will be mandatory… Read More

New Rules on Antique Firearms

The Government has now laid the Statutory Instrument before Parliament setting out the new criteria for what can still be possessed as an antique firearm which is exempt from control, as per section 58(2) Firearms Act 1968. We previously stated here that unless objection was taken in Parliament these new… Read More