If you are involved in the gun trade in any way, there will come a time when you have a legal question that you may not be sure of. Perhaps a customer needing to know if their 'antique' pistol is legal, or an overseas client wants to know the best way to legally take his, UK purchased, shotguns out of the country. A lot of what we 'know' about the law is passed on through word-of-mouth and is perhaps not always correct or up-to-date.
Even the police often mis-understand or mis-interpret the law and it is very ueseful to have a credible book to which you can make reference when challenging them on an issue. That book is available now and I recommend it to everyone involved in the Gun Trade and to gun owners in general.
The Firearms Law Handbook (eighth edition) covers all aspects of the law relating to the use of firearms in Britain. Those who enforce and apply the law will find it of invaluable assistance in their work. Although the subject can be complex, the book is written in an approachable style, intended to be understood by all of those with an interest in the subject. That means even gun dealers and 'normal' gun owners will find it easy to read and absorb.
The classification of firearms is covered in detail, as are the many differentcircumstances in which authority to possess arm and ammunition can, and should,be granted, including the rules for young people and the various permittedexemptions. This book will be useful for individuals; shooting clubs and claygrounds; collectors; registered firearms dealers, lawyers and those who require Section 5 authority. Since the seventh edition of this work in 2011 there have been significant changes to firearms legislation which are covered in full, including key changes in the Policing and Crime Act 2017 and new definitions of ‘firearm’; ‘component part’; ‘deactivated weapon’ and ‘antique firearm’.
Other matters comprehensively covered include: Imitation firearms, poaching, export and import of firearms, firearm security, young people and their rights and restrictions regarding use and ownership of firearms, protected birds and animals, refusal, revocation and appeal of licences, criminal offences involving firearms and laws relating to the dealing in firearms.
Laura Saunsbury is a consultant solicitor with 25 years’ experience, practising exclusively in firearms-related law, both firearms licensing appeals and criminal offences. Laura is Honorary Solicitor and a Life Vice President of the Clay Pigeon Shooting Association. She is also the Honorary Solicitor to the Deactivated Weapons Association, a member of the Gun Trade Association and gives seminars and broadcast interviews on this area of law.
Nick Doherty is a practising barrister who has been involved in firearms-related criminal work for over 30 years and now specialises in
firearms licensing appeals. Since 2008 Nick has been the only common law legal advisor to the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (The CIC). In addition to presenting seminars, writing articles and giving interviews on firearms law, Nick is the chairman of a shooting club and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Gunmakers.
The Firearms Law Handbook is available now for £45.00 from Wildy & Sons.
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