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Prohibited Persons Section 110 - Firearms

Recent legislation - important changes with effect from 14/07/2014.

Section 21(2C) Firearms Act 1968, amended by Section 110 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, states that a person who has previously received a suspended criminal sentence of three months or more are prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition for a period of five years.  The prohibition period commences on the second day after the date on which sentence has been passed and came into force on 14 July 2014.

Additionally, under the provisions extended to Section 21, persons who have served or received a criminal sentence will not be able to possess an antique firearm and it is irrelevant whether it is possessed as a curiosity or ornament. Persons to whom this applies who currently lawfully possess an antique firearm will need to dispose of it.

Subsection (1) amends Section 21 Firearms Act 1968. This section prohibits persons who have previously been sentenced to imprisonment for a term of between three months and three years from possessing firearms or ammunition for a period of five years. Persons who have previously been sentenced to imprisonment for a term of more than three years are permanently prohibited.

Please read Provisions 108-111 of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 for further information.