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ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR, CRIME
AND POLICING ACT
The HomeOffice has made changes to section 21 of the Firearms Act 1968 which relates to the possession of firearms* by persons previously convicted of crime
Section 110 extends the definition of a prohibited person.
11. Subsection (1) amends section 21 of the Firearms Act 1968 Act. Section 2 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.
12. Section 110 inserts section 21 (2C) which extends the definition of a prohibited person to include persons with suspended sentences of three months or more. The period of five years will begin on the second day after the date on which sentence has been passed**.
13. This timescale has been set so that a person who is in possession of a firearm or ammunition is not in immediate breach of the law when the sentence is passed and has an opportunity to make arrangements to transfer or dispose of their firearm or ammunition. This includes an antique firearm (see para 20).
14. Police firearms licensing departments should be monitoring the behaviour of their firearms certificate holders. In line with best practice it would therefore be advisable to review the outcome of any court appearances to ensure that those receiving suspended sentences on or after 14 July are aware that they would need to transfer or dispose of their firearm and/or ammunition.
15. Subsection (3) makes a transitional provision that enables a person with a suspended sentence to continue to possess firearms and ammunition for the remainder of a firearm certificate that was valid immediately before subsection (1) comes into force.
* All reference to firearms in this section
also includes shotguns and air weapons
Protecting Our Communities
Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006
The Home Office has announced a comprehensive package of measures to combat violent crime. The Violent Crime Reduction Act will ensure that police and local communities have the necessary powers to reduce violent crimes involving imitation guns, knives and alcohol in their neighbourhood.
The Act includes new powers to ban the manufacture and sale of imitation firearms and toughen sentences for carrying imitation firearms, increase the age limit for purchasing to a knife to 18 and ban those individuals responsible for alcohol-related violence from specific areas for up to two years.
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