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The Firearms Law Handbook 8th ed


ISBN13: 9780854902736
Previous Edition ISBN: 9780414044982
Published: July 2019
Publisher: Wildy, Simmonds and Hill Publishing
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £45.00



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The Firearms Law Handbook covers all aspects of the law relating to the use of firearms in Britain. Those who enforce and apply the law will find it of invaluable assistance in their work. The reader who handles and sells guns, both commercially or for sport, will find everything they need to know here. Although the subjects covered can be complex, the book is written in an approachable style to be understood by all of those with an interest in the subject.

The classification of firearms is covered in detail, as are the many different circumstances in which authority to possess firearms and ammunition can, and should, be granted. This book will assist those who engage in all types of shooting; those who run shooting clubs and clay grounds; collectors; registered firearms dealers and those who require the authority of the Secretary of State to possess prohibited weapons. The rules governing shooting by young persons are considered, together with the various exemptions available where a certificate is not required.

Since the seventh edition of this work in 2011 there have been significant changes to firearms legislation which are covered in full, including key changes in the Policing and Crime Act 2017 including new definitions of ‘firearm’; ‘component part’; ‘deactivated weapon’ and ‘antique firearm’.

The book covers all decisions of the higher courts regarding this area since 2011 and deals with the likely effects of the UK leaving the European Union. Police policy on the licensing of firearms is covered in addition to the process of application and appeal to the Crown Court. Applications to lift a ‘firearms prohibition’ are also considered.

Subjects:
Criminal Law, Licensing Law, Police and Public Order Law, Wildy, Simmonds and Hill, Agricultural Law
Contents:
Preface;
Table of Cases;
Table of Statutes;
Table of Statutory Instruments
Table of European Material;
Table of Other Material;
List of Abbreviations

1. GENERAL DEFINITIONS
Introduction;
Definition of ‘firearm’;
Deactivated firearms;
Definition of ‘ammunition’;
Component parts of ammunition;
General exceptions to the control of firearms;
Expert evidence

2. PROHIBITED WEAPONS AND AMMUNITION;
General overview;
Definition of prohibited weapons;
Component parts of prohibited weapons;
Definition of prohibited ammunition;
Dealings with prohibited weapons and prohibited ammunition;

3. THE LICENSING OF SECTION 1 FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION
Definition of section 1 firearms;
Definition of section 1 ammunition;
When do i need a firearm certificate?;
Exceptions from the need to hold a firearm certificate;
How do i get a firearm certificate?;
Delays in renewal and automatic extension of certificates;
‘Good reason’ for requiring firearms;
Assessment of the application;
When should a firearm certificate be granted – the test;
Conditions imposed upon firearm certificates;
What else should I know about firearm certificates?;
Section 1 ammunition;
Transfer, deactivation and loss or destruction of section 1 firearm and ammunition;
Work on section 1 firearms and ammunition

4. SHOTGUNS AND THEIR AMMUNITION;
Definition of ‘shotgun’;
When do i need a shotgun certificate?;
How do i get a shotgun certificate?;
‘Danger to public safety or the peace’;
What else should i know about shotgun certificates?;
The possession offence in relation to shotguns;
Transfer, deactivation and loss or destruction of shotguns and their ammunition
Shotgun ammunition;
Work on shotguns and their ammunition;
Purchases in the European Community

5. REFUSAL, REVOCATION AND APPEAL;
Refusal and revocation;
The process of appeal;
A section 44 appeal is ‘on the merits’;
These are ‘inter parties’ proceedings;
Directions/documents for the appeal;
Evidence;
The hearing;
The issues to be considered by the courts;
The costs of appeal;
Prohibited persons – applications to remove a prohibition under section 21

6. POLICE PERMITS

7. EXPORTS AND IMPORTS OF FIREARMS: VISITORS’ PERMITS AND EUROPEAN FIREARMS PASSES;
Export and import;
Seizure of goods brought into the United Kingdom;
Visitors’ permits;
European firearms pass;
Purchases in the European Community

8. SECURITY OF FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION;
Introduction;
Storage;
In use

9. IMITATION FIREARMS;
Imitation firearms;
Imitation firearms which are ‘readily convertible’;
Realistic imitation firearms;
Importation of realistic imitation firearms;
Importation of knives

10. SHOOTING GAME;
What is meant by ‘game’?;
When can I shoot game?;
Game licences;
Sale of game;
Ownership of game and neighbours’ rights;
Shooting game on the foreshore and over water

11. POACHING;
Introduction;
Poaching in the daytime;
Poaching by night;
Poaching by day or night;
Powers of police

12. PROTECTED BIRDS AND ANIMALS;
Introduction;
Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981;
Deer Act 1991;
Conservation of Seals Act 1970;
Marine (Scotland) Act 2010;
Protection of Badgers Act 1992;
Other legislation

13. THE TENANT'S RIGHT TO SHOOT;
Common Law;
Ground Game Act 1880

14. YOUNG PEOPLE AND GUNS;
Summary

15. CRIMINAL OFFENCES RELATING TO FIREARMS: GENERAL RESTRICTIONS ON SHOOTING AND CARRYING GUNS;
Introduction;
Unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition;
Possession offences;
Other offences relating to possessing firearms;
Offences concerning the use of firearms;
Possession by persons prohibited from possessing firearms;
Having offensive weapons in a public place;
Bladed articles;
Trespassing with a firearm;
Trespassing with a weapon of offence;
Shooting on or near the highway;
Shooting beyond premises;
Shooting in cemeteries and burial grounds;
Possession of firearms when drunk;
Possession of a firearm, or imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence;
Regulatory offences regarding certificates

16. FIREARMS DEALERS;
Who is a firearms dealer?;
Registration of firearms dealers;
Conditions of registration;
Registration of a new place of business;
Removal from register of dealer’s name or place of business by the police;
The register of firearms transactions;
Registered firearms dealers’ servants;
Remote sales;
Sales for export;
Carriers;
Storage of explosives by a firearms dealer;
Consequences of conviction of firearms dealers;
Anonymous surrenders of firearms and ammunition from the public;

17. MUSEUMS’ FIREARMS LICENCES
Antique firearms: Home Office Guidance to the police;
Museums for which firearms licences may be Issued
Close Seasons for shooting game and deer;
Wild birds which are protected by special penalties;
Wild birds which may be killed or taken outside the close season;
Close seasons outside which wild birds listed at e1 above may be killed, injured or taken;
Licences for shooting wild birds and wild animals;
Wild animals which may not be killed or taken by certain methods
Particulars to be entered by firearms dealer in register of transactions
Firearms of historic interest

APPENDICES
A Antique firearms: Home Office guidance to the police;
B Museums for which firearms licences may be issued;
C Close seasons for shooting game and deer;
D Wild birds which are protected by special penalties;
E1 Wild birds which may be killed or taken outside the close season;
E2 Close seasons outside which wild birds listed at E1 above may be killed, injured or taken;
F Licences for shooting wild birds and wild animals;
G Wild animals which may not be killed or taken by certain methods;
H Particulars to be entered by firearms dealer in register of transactions;
I Firearms of historic interest