The Law Commission has published its final report into firearms law, after a scoping review including consultations with firearms owners and shooting organisations. Recommendations include re-defining “lethal” as more than one joule of kinetic energy, defining “component part” and “antique” more clearly, and adding a new offence for intending to convert imitation firearms.
The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) has welcomed the final report, with the director of firearms, Bill Harriman, saying: “Clarity on firearms legislation has been lacking for many years. Anything that helps draw legislation together has to be applauded. This is a serious and considered report, this is not knee-jerk.”
The Countryside Alliance also welcomed the report, calling it “measured” and thorough. However, the Alliance also recommends the addition of an extension of firearms certificates to 10 years.