Firearm deactivation law

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Clarification of new Firearms Law for deactivated weapons.

Further to last month’s news story about the Firearms Regulation 2019 we have had some clarification from Barry Johnson, Chairman of the Deactivated Weapons Association. Barry and the DWA has been working with the Home Office and various trade and public bodies to try to clarify the new legislation as elements are vague and ambiguous. To this end, the DWA has issued the following guidance for all owners of deactivated weapons.

 

Firearms in your possession

UK legacy specifications deactivated before 7 April 2016 – no action needed.

2010 UK spec for firearms outside the scope of the EU regulation, such as mortars and flare pistols, deactivated from 8 April 2016 – no action needed.

EU Regulation 2015/2403 (EU Spec 1), deactivated between 8 April 2016 – 27 June 2018 – you must notify authorities by 14 March 2021.

EU Regulation 2018/337 (EU Spec 2), deactivated between 28 June 2018 – 13 September 2018 – you must notify authorities by 14 March 2021.

EU Regulation 2018/337 (EU Spec 2), deactivated from 14 September 2018 onwards – you must notify now.

 

Sale/transfer of firearms to someone else

UK legacy specifications deactivated before 7 April 2016 – no action needed.

2010 UK spec for firearms outside the scope of the EU regulation, such as mortars and flare pistols, deactivated from 8 April 2016 – no action needed.

EU Regulation 2015/2403 (EU Spec 1), deactivated between 8 April 2016 – 27 June 2018 – no action needed.

EU Regulation 2018/337 (EU Spec 2), deactivated between 28 June 2018 – 13 September 2018 – you must notify authorities upon sale/transfer.

EU Regulation 2018/337 (EU Spec 2), deactivated from 14 September 2018 onwards – you must notify authorities upon sale/transfer.

 

 

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