Key changes to firearms law

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A num­ber of firearms li­cens­ing amend­ments aimed at clos­ing loop­holes and im­prov­ing def­i­ni­tions and clar­ity came into force on 2 May through the Polic­ing and Crime Act 2017.

Two amend­ments are of sig­nif­i­cance to the shoot­ing com­mu­nity: the first be­ing im­prove­ments to the leg­is­la­tion re­gard­ing the ‘lend­ing’ of firearms; and the sec­ond be­ing the de­ci­sion to move ex­pand­ing am­mu­ni­tion back to Sec­tion 1.

A spokesman for the Coun­try­side Al­liance said: “The Coun­try­side Al­liance has long called for these changes and it is ful­fill­ing to see them en­acted. These firearms li­cens­ing amend­ments are wel­comed by all the shoot­ing com­mu­nity and show that im­prove­ments to the sys­tem can be made.

“The com­mence­ment of the other rel­e­vant mea­sures will be sub­ject to de­ci­sions by min­is­ters af­ter the gen­eral elec­tion.”

To see a ques­tion-and-an­swer style re­view of the changes to firearms law and how they may af­fect you, use this link: http://bit. ly/2pZANdy

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