BASC issues advice on expanding ammunition (Policing and Crime Act 2017)

This new legislation means expanding ammunition will no longer be prohibited and will be covered by Section 1 of the Firearms Act 1968. The change particularly affects those issued with temporary permits due to delays in the renewal process. Under previous legislation, expanding ammunition could not be held on temporary permits.

From 2nd May 2017; those in possession of temporary permits will be clear to possess expanding ammunition amongst their authorised limit, therefore removing the necessity to lodge expanding ammunition with a registered firearms dealer until the receipt of their new firearm certificate.

Those issued with temporary permits before 2nd May 2017 will now be allowed to retrieve their ammunition from dealers and use it. Nevertheless, even under the new rules, it will not be possible to buy or acquire any new ammunition while covered by a temporary permit.

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