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    New Policing and Crime Bill

    New Policing and Crime Bill placed before parliament today.

    The Bill includes provisions for: "quote"

    • The simplification of the legal definition of the word firearm, including setting a new threshold of a firearm’s kinetic energy at 1 joule.
    I have just looked up the equivalent of 1 joule and it appears to be 0.737562 ft/lbs .
    Have I got the wrong end of the stick? as this would make all air guns and even kids toys guns firearms!
    Could someone please enlighten me on this bit of proposed new legislation.
    Last edited by ciscokid; 11-02-2016 at 10:40.

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    Ok just found the exemption for air pistols and air rifles under clause 77.
    Wow do people really read through all this paperwork ?

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    I believe that probably the important part of this is that it includes a new legal requirement for the police to have regard to the Home Office guidance when carrying out their licensing function.

    The explanatory text says that:
    "by ensuring that, through statutory guidance, there is a consistent approach by chief officers of police to the consideration of applications for firearms licences and shotgun certificates.

    This can only be good news for us.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ciscokid View Post
    New Policing and Crime Bill placed before parliament today.

    The Bill includes provisions for: "quote"

    • The simplification of the legal definition of the word firearm, including setting a new threshold of a firearm’s kinetic energy at 1 joule.
    I have just looked up the equivalent of 1 joule and it appears to be 0.737562 ft/lbs .
    Have I got the wrong end of the stick? as this would make all air guns and even kids toys guns firearms!
    Could someone please enlighten me on this bit of proposed new legislation.
    In most criminal activity its the threat of the firearm rather than the actual use of the firearm that matters. Using an imitation or deactivated firearm in robbing a shop will have just the same effect as using a real gun, as very few will risk it not being an imitation. Fundamentally its the action, rather than the object used thats important.

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