Weapons and Firearms in UK Law

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Leading Cases
  • R v Wilkinson and Others
    • Court of Appeal
    • 06 Oct 2009

    Guns kill and maim, terrorise and intimidate. That is why criminals want them: that is why they use them: and that is why they organise their importation and manufacture, supply and distribution. Sentencing courts must address the fact that too many lethal weapons are too readily available: too many are carried: too many are used, always with devastating effect on individual victims and with insidious corrosive impact on the wellbeing of the local community.

  • R v Rehman; R v Wood
    • Court of Appeal
    • 18 Jul 2005

    However, it is to be noted that if an offender has no idea that he is doing anything wrong, a deterrent sentence will have no deterrent effect upon him. The section makes clear that it is the opinion of the court that is critical as to what exceptional circumstances are. Unless the judge is clearly wrong in identifying exceptional circumstances when they do not exist, or clearly wrong in not identifying exceptional circumstances when they do exist, this court will not readily interfere.

  • R v Avis and Others
    • Court of Appeal
    • 16 Dic 1997

    Where imitation firearms are involved, the risk to life and limb is absent, but such weapons can be and often are used to frighten and intimidate victims in order to reinforce unlawful demands. Such imitation weapons are often very hard to distinguish from the real thing—for practical purposes, impossible in the circumstances in which they are used—and the victim is usually as much frightened and intimidated as if a genuine firearm had been used. Such victims are often isolated and vulnerable.

    Save for minor infringements which may be and are properly dealt with summarily, offences against these provisions will almost invariably merit terms of custody, even on a plea of guilty and in the case of an offender with no previous record.

  • R v Reid (Barry)
    • Court of Appeal
    • 18 Nov 1975

    When two or more men go out together in joint possession of offensive weapons such as revolvers and knives and the circumstances are such as to justify an inference that the very least they intend to do with them is to use them to cause fear in another, there is, in our judgment, always a likelihood that, in the excitement and tensions of the occasion, one of them will use his weapon in some way which will cause death or serious injury.

  • R v Simpson (Calvin)
    • Court of Appeal
    • 28 Oct 1983

    " What are offensive weapons? – Section 1(4) defines 'offensive weapon' to mean 'any article made or adapted for use for causing injury to the person, or intended by the person having it with him for such use by him'.

  • R v Bentham
    • Court of Appeal
    • 19 May 1972

    The intention with which a man wounds another or detonates an explosive is an intention which accompanies the act; but possession is not an act done at a particular moment, it is a continuingstate of things, and in our view the intention to endanger life is something which may last as long as the possession lasts. It cannot therefore be limited to an intention to endanger life immediately.

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Law Firm Commentaries
  • Piracy - Watch Your Back!
    • Mondaq United Kingdom
    • 25 de Enero de 2010
    ...An analysis of the legal regime governing the use of firearms by merchant vessels for self-defence. The end of the monsoon season has ... consideration will be whether the carriage and use of defensive weapons, on board, will impact on the owners' insurance cover. Below, we ......
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    • Mondaq UK
    • 3 de Diciembre de 2020
    ......limited to: violence, possession of weapons/firearms, public order,. criminal damage, alcohol/drug-related and road ......
  • UK Export Licensing Trends
    • JD Supra United Kingdom
    • Dechert LLP
    • 24 de Julio de 2015
    The Export Control Organisation (ECO) has released its latest set of data on export licensing. For the first time, this has been produced to be compliant with the UK Statistics Authority’s code of ...
    ...... . Ukraine: 5 refusals and 5 revocations, mainly of firearms and body armour, on the grounds of the risks of their use in civil ... resistant piping, pumps and seals (potentially of use in a nuclear weapons programme); . . Thailand: 4 refusals of imaging and cryptographic ......
  • Licence To Kill ' Will Undercover Criminal Activity Be Lawful For All Purposes?
    • Mondaq UK
    • 18 de Enero de 2021
    ......Police have led to 3500 arrests, the recovery of over 100 firearms. and 400 other weapons, the seizure of over 400 kg of Class A drugs. and ......
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