Firearms (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 1997

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
Citation1997 c. 64


Firearms (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 1997

1997 Chapter 64

An Act to extend the class of prohibited weapons under the Firearms Act 1968 to include small-calibre pistols.

[27th November 1997]

Be it enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

S-1 Prohibition of small-calibre pistols.

1 Prohibition of small-calibre pistols.

1. In paragraph (aba) of section 5(1) of the Firearms Act 1968(which describes a category of prohibited weapons consisting of all firearms less than 30 cm. in barrel length or 60 cm. in overall length, other than specified kinds of firearm) the words ‘a small-calibre pistol’ shall cease to have effect.

S-2 Consequential amendments and repeals.

2 Consequential amendments and repeals.

(1) The Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997 shall have effect subject to the following amendments.

(2) In section 15 (arrangements for the surrender of firearms prohibited by virtue of section 1 of that Act), after subsection (2) there shall be inserted—

(3) This section applies in relation to small-calibre pistols with the substitution for the reference in subsection (1) above to section 1 above of a reference to section 1 of the Firearms (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 1997 (prohibition of small-calibre pistols).’

(3) In section 16 (payments in respect of prohibited weapons), after subsection (3) there shall be inserted—

(4) This section applies in relation to small-calibre pistols surrendered at designated police stations in accordance with the arrangements made under section 15 above with the substitution—

(a) for the reference in paragraph (a) of subsection (2) above to 16th October 1996 of a reference to 14th May 1997 and

(b) for the reference in that subsection to section 1(2) above of a reference to section 1 of the Firearms (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 1997 (prohibition of small-calibre pistols).’

(4) In section 17 (payments in respect of ancillary equipment), after subsection (6) there shall be inserted—

(7) This section applies in relation to equipment designed or adapted for use in connection with small-calibre pistols with the substitution—

(a) for the reference in subsection (2)(a) above to firearms prohibited by virtue of section 1(2) above of a reference to small-calibre pistols and

(b) for the reference in subsection (3)(a) above to 16th October...

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