I was tempted to put this is Off Topic but since it's law based I thought it probably belongs here despite it being a hypothetical.
Obviously we all 'know' that handgun hunting is illegal in the UK, however, where in law does it say so?
I think I read it somewhere but I can't find it now.
So, for your perusal:
13.3 Doesn't specifically state rifle, it states rifle CARTRIDGE. Therefore nothing in there says I can't use a handgun chambered in a rifle cartridge
13.4 Specifically states rifle but only in relation to CWD and Muntjac
Chapter 13.3 refers to chapter 14 so here is the relevant section:
Again, rifle CARTRIDGE is referred to in the firearms section of 14.2 but not specifically rifle. It is in the ammunition section of 14.2 but, and I quote, "any bullet for use in a rifle other than a soft-nosed or hollow-nosed bullet" (shall be illegal to use on deer). So, again hypothetically, if I had a rifle cartridge handgun it would be firing bullets for use in a rifle. I do concede that the bullets won't be used in a rifle though, despite a long-barrelled pistol and rifle both being S1 and subject to the same length laws.
To finish off, 14.5 (a) again refers to rifle specifically but only in relation to CWD and Muntjac.
I am sure getting a handgun for hunting in the UK would be impossible but I am just curious as to where it states I can't.
I'll probably call NGO tomorrow anyway just to satisfy the curiously but I'd like to hear anyone else's take on it since these laws of ours are very subjective.