This book is devoted exclusively to the law relating to the use of guns. In it the ordinary person who handles guns will find all the requirements of the law which he needs to know, and those who have to enforce the law will find it of invaluable assistance to them in their work.
Issues addressed include: shooting game, protected birds and animals, guns for sport, rifle clubs, the tenant’s right to shoot, the definitions of firearms and ammunition (including prohibited weapons and imitation firearms), the licensing of firearms, how to obtain a license and how to appeal a refusal or revocation, young people and guns, poaching, and criminal offences relating to firearms and ammunition. Useful appendices complete the book.
Since the last edition of the book was published in 1999 there have been some very significant changes in firearms law. The book therefore includes substantial new material covering these changes including;
- classification of prohibited firearms and ammunition & exemptions from such classification, e.g. antique firearms
- the mandatory minimum sentence provisions for prohibited firearms introduced by the Criminal Justice Act 2003
- the banning and reclassification of Brococks and other self-contained gas cartridge air weapons
- realistic imitation firearms and other relevant provisions of the Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006
- the law relating to young persons and guns which has been subject to a number of recent modifications
- key changes relating to game shooting introduced by the Regulatory Reform (Game ) Order 2007
- a brand new chapter relating to the security of firearms & ammunition
- an additional chapter expanding substantially the information relating to licensing appeals and applications for the removal of a firearms prohibition
- an expanded section on criminal offences involving firearms and the available penalties
-key developments in case law since the last edition was published 12 years ago