Firearms Bill to become law
The recent Firearms Bill, sponsored by Shaun Bailey MP and Lord Colgrain, has passed through the House of Lords for the final time and pending royal assent will become law.
The bill covers two main parts. The first requires anyone who operates a miniature rifle range to possess a firearms certificate, which is currently not the situation for such ranges. The bill also restricts the calibre of rifle used on these ranges to .22 rimfire.
The second part relates to the composition of ammunition. A round of ammunition is deemed to comprise of four constituent parts (case, primer, powder, and projectile), only two of which are governed by current legislation. The bill will now regulate for the projectile and casing as well as the charge and primer. This means that the police will be better able to prosecute cases where criminals are manufacturing ammunition where intent can be shown.
Lord Ponsonby added during the final reading that in future in addition to current background checks, “social media should be taken into account when considering whether to issue a firearms licence”.