Law Commisssion Review Of Firearms Law

Discussion in 'General Airgun Chat' started by Rutty, Mar 11, 2015.

  1. Rutty

    Rutty New Member

    Nov 25, 2008
    I have posted this elsewhere but I feel it is sufficiently important that it receives the widest publicity therefore I am re-posting it here.

    This is an interesting one. Whilst I believe that most shooters would welcome a thorough review of current legislation I am a little concerned that the emphasis appears to be on making life easier for the police and prosecutors whilst protection of the legitimate shooter is pushed into the background. There is also the danger that it becomes the unintended vehicle for a more restrictive regime than we currently have. For example should; as seems likely; licencing of air guns be introduced in Scotland it is only a short step to a proposal that it should be considered for England "in the interests of harmonisation". One could conceive of a significant number of seemingly innocuous changes that might be slipped in that would be detrimental to shooters' interests.

    I feel that we should all take a close interest in this and be very vigilant. I note that there will be a 3 month consultation period this summer and no doubt the police and CPS have already put in a substantial amount of work on their submissions. I hope that the NGBs have already taken note of it. However it is too important to assume that someone else is looking after the issue, we should all follow it closely and make our views known.


    :confused: Is is still paranoia when you know that they are out to get you?
  2. Icaros

    Icaros New Member

    Mar 11, 2015

    Very interesting but what is the context?
    Who said it?
    By whom?
    In response to what?
  3. Rutty

    Rutty New Member

    Nov 25, 2008
    The Law Commision is responsible:

    They may well have initiated this review as a result of representations made by other bodies.

  4. raygun

    raygun Non member

    It's more than time the Firearms legislation was looked at. It's been added to piecemeal since it's inception and now has just too many contradiction and grey area's

    This applies especially to sub 12FPE airguns where it's impossible for anyone to comply with the legislation.
    Capable of more than 12FPE, they all are. No standard test so you can't even test to the impossibility of complying with the SI. Absolute offence so reason is not taken into account.

    I don't think there would be a problem with licensing sub12's, Holyrood will regret the day they got this bit devolved.

    If the airgun industry had half a brain cell they would have campaigned to get this sorted years ago instead of the stupid actions they did take.

    The Firearms Act is not fit for purpose and with unification of firearms control throughout the EU progressing we do need to do something.

  5. 18 Wheeler

    18 Wheeler Member

    Nov 30, 2014
    Reading the linked article I think it outlines The Law Commission's basic position, essentially to make existing Law clear and fair, rather than to reinterpret its intention.

    They give examples of areas requiring clarity, including some of those which have caused concern to legitimate users. The initial statement is exactly what we should expect from the LC, nothing more or less.

    Is there a risk of the process being subverted by parties wishing to tighten firearms control? Yes, but as you state it's our job to ensure that our reasonable concerns are put to the LC and they are held to their remit.

    I see it as an opportunity. Glass half full.:)

    If you follow the link in Rutty's post (#1) it should answer your questions.

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