Lifting a firearm prohibition - Friday 11th May 2012
There are good reasons why individuals who have been convicted of a serious crime are prevented from having guns and ammunition in their possession. Firearm certificate holders must be "fit" to be entrusted with a firearm, have good reason for possessing a firearm and must not pose a danger to public safety or the peace. Persons convicted of serious crimes are generally not considered to be "fit" by the Courts, irrespective of the age of their conviction.
Under s.21 Firearms Act 1968 (as amended) any person sentenced to imprisonment for a term of 3 years or more is prohibited from having a firearm (which includes a shotgun) or ammunition in his possession.
An application can be made to the Crown Court to remove the prohibition - not suprisingly these applications are made infrequently and are rarely granted. Unsuccessful applicants can be ordered to pay the costs of the police in opposing such an application.
For free initial advice on firearms law, such as appealing a refusal or revocation of a shotgun or firearm certificate please give us a call on 0161 850 1522. Please note that we are unable to act for applicants residing in Lancashire.
Richard Williams - LR Law Licensing Solicitors