The Law Commission has published its final report into firearms law after a scoping review including consultations with firearms owners and shooting organisations. Recommendations include re-defining “lethal” as more than one joule of kinetic energy, defining “component part” and “antique” more clearly, and adding a new offence for intending to convert imitation firearms.
The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) has welcomed the final report with the director of firearms, Bill Harriman, saying: “Clarity on firearms legislation has been lacking for many years. Anything that helps draw legislation together has to be applauded. This is a serious and considered report, this is not knee-jerk.”
The Countryside Alliance also welcomed the report, calling it “measured” and thorough. However, the Alliance also recommends the addition of an extension of firearms certificates to 10 years.
For more information about the details of the report from our legal expert, check out the next edition of Clay Shooting.