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Parker, Sarah. 2011 ‘Balancing Act: Regulation of Civilian Firearm Possession.’ Small Arms Survey 2011: States of Security; Chapter 9, Annex 9.2, pp. 48-61. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 6 July

Relevant contents

Annex 9.2 Overview of Conditions of Firearms Ownership

United Kingdom (firearms other than shotguns)

Licence Duration: 5 years (licence)

Penalties for Unlawful Possession: summary: GBP 400 (USD 660); 6 months; or both
on indictment: 5–7 years; fine (n.s.); or both

Safe Storage: YES (relevant information is not expressly indicated in the legislation, but is implied in the legislation or is implied in, or derived from a secondary, non-binding source, such as guidelines; ammunition is to be stored separately; storage requirements are specified)

Penalties for Unsafe Storage: up to 6 months; fine of GBP 5,000 (USD 8,250); or both

Carrying in Public? offence to carry loaded shotgun, firearm (loaded or unloaded) plus ammunition in a public place without 'lawful authority or reasonable excuse'

Penalties for Unlawful Carrying: summary: 6 months; fine of GBP 400 (USD 660); or both; indictment: 7 years or fine or both

ID: Q5451

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