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Date 1968-1997
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Brief Overview / Significance
  • This Act regulates the sale, possession and use of firearms and their ammunition; this includes the delivery of remote injection anaesthetics.
  • Regulations may change rapidly and the latest legislation should be consulted.
  • The ownership and use of firearms and ammunition is regulated under Firearms Acts 1968 to 1997. A permit is required before a “captive bolt” type of weapon or a bullet-firing weapon (or a shotgun) is obtained. The person wishing to obtain either of these must apply to the Chief Constable of the district in which he/she lives for a Firearms Certificate. (D64)
  • The use of dart guns (including rifles, pistols, blowpipes or any other projector weapon discharging tranquilliser darts) is regulated under the Firearms Acts 1968 to 1997. Under this legislation ( Section 5(1)(B) of The Firearms Act 1968) these are classified as "prohibited weapons"; acquisition of such a weapon requires an authority from the Home Office as well as a permit from the local Chief Constable. Applications are made to the Home Office, F.8 Division, Room 610, 50 Queen’s Anne’s Gate, London SW1H 9AT; at the same time the person applying should inform the Chief Constable of their local district that the application has been made. (B156.21.w21, D64)
NOTES - Amendments / Relation to other legislation

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