Brexit delay forces deactivated weapons legislation implementation

De-activated 10.4mm German M83 Reichsrevolver
De-activated 10.4mm German M83 Reichsrevolver

New firearms legislation requiring the notification of deactivated weapons has been initiated as a result of the UK’s delayed exit from the EU, BASC is advising members and trade.

From 12 December it will be a legal requirement to register the transfer of deactivated weapons with the Home Office. Notification of the possession of deactivated weapons will be staggered. Those acquired after September 2018 will require immediate notification, with all other deactivated weapons requiring notification come March 2021. Failure to comply could result in a criminal record and a fine of up to £200.

The new legislation has been transposed directly from the EU Firearms Directive which was initiated following terrorist attacks in Paris in 2015. The original proposals for full certification of deactivated weapons were successfully fended off by BASC and our European partners.

However, reservations remain about how the Home Office will successfully store and manage such large quantities of data.

Matthew Perring, BASC’s senior firearms officer, said: “The UK government has tried to hold off applying the Firearms Directive requirements, however Brexit delays means implementation was mandatory.

“Specific details about the deactivated weapons notification scheme and what information is required has yet to be published by the Home Office. Communication is ongoing between BASC and the government agency to gain a full understanding of what is required from our members and when. Further details will be published as soon as they become publicly available.”

For a full brief on what the new regulations and rules will look like please click here:

The Firearms Regulations 2019 - short brief

The Firearms (Amendment) (No.2) Rules 2019 - short brief

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